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Best in Show winner at Museum of the Red River About Me I grew up in Applewood and have been living in Lakewood since 1993. I went to Wheat Ridge High School and graduated in 1984. After that, I went to Metro State College and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Journalism. I intended to pursue a career in photojournalism, but soon found that wildlife photography was my true passion after I purchased a Tamron 300mm and went to Mount Evans to photograph mountain goats. After that, I was hooked. In my free time In my free time, I love getting outside. Mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing are a few of my favorite activities. I love to stay active and keep myself in shape. When you are out shooting and you are lugging around some very heavy camera gear, it does pay off. I have also been doing a few more workshops through Front Range Wildlife Photographers MeetUp page. Teaching people to properly use their equipment and also show them what lies in their own backyard is very rewarding. I recently led a couple workshops in Florida during Florida’s Birding and Pho-

to Festival in Saint Augustine, Florida. A love for art My artistic medium is digital photography. Since my emphasis is bird photography, capturing an artistic image of birds can be challenging and very rewarding. First, you are trying to just get a subject that flies and moves very fast in your frame. Then you are looking at your light - is it behind you and bringing out the colors in the bird? Second, you are looking at your background — is it clean and not competing with your subject? All of these come together in 1/4000 of a second. Winning best of show at Oklahoma’s Museum of the Red River was very rewarding. I felt very honored because there were a lot of great images I was up against. There are a lot of great photographers out there, so seeing their work make me want to keep shooting and improve my own work. The power of photography Wildlife photography can be very powerful. Not only are you capturing beautiful images of wildlife, but you are also showing people what is out there and what we need to protect. Take all the open space in Lakewood — you don’t have to go far there to find wildlife subjects. Photography can help show the beauty and what lives here and the importance of protecting these areas for future generations. If you have suggestions for My Name Is ..., contact Clarke Reader at

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Lakewood pitch competition to award grants to nonprofits STAFF REPORT

Local nonprofit organizations will pitch their mental wellness innovations for a chance to receive a grant from Community First Foundation. The Innovators Society 2.0 Community Pitch Showdown allows approximately 200 audience members to give away $500,000 in grant dollars to six nonprofits using real-time voting. Audience members will receive a voting card loaded with $1,800. Once they hear the pitches, they will use their phones to award the money to the nonprofit innovations that excite

them the most. This is the premier event of the Innovators Society 2.0 and the kickoff to a six-month accelerator program to develop six mental wellness innovations. The nonprofit innovators are Apprentice of Peace, B.I.O.N.I.C., My Quiet Cave, Open Labs, Young Invincibles, YouthRoots. The showdown is June 5, from 3-5 p.m., at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. The event is free, but tickets are required. For information and to

reserve tickets, visit https://bit. ly/2rBsIvI or go to www.eventbrite. com and search for “The Innovators Society Community Pitch Showdown.” For questions, please contact Jenica Tomdale at or 720-898-5938. The Innovators Society, a program of Community First Foundation, invests in promising, but not yet proven, nonprofit innovations to increase awareness and change perceptions of mental health. Learn more at

Community First Foundation President and CEO Marla Williams with Justin Kruger, the 2016 winner of the Innovator Society’s first Pitch Showdown. CLARKE READER


The General Assembly Allows the Regulation of HOA Managers to Sunset It was a good day for Colorado’s 1.9 million HOA members on July 1, 2015, when all HOA managers were required to be fingerprinted, educated in their job, and licensed by the Division of Real Estate. However, like all such laws, the Community Association Manager (CAM) program had a 3-year sunset requirement, meaning that it had to be studied by the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) for its effectiveness and renewed (or not) by the General Assembly (Colorado’s legislature). Well, DORA submitted its analysis of the program, recommending that it be renewed and improved, but the Senate Committee on Finance voted 3-2 on April 10, 2018, to “postpone indefinitely” (i.e., kill) HB18-1175, the bill to renew the program for another five years. It was a party-line vote, with all Republicans voting against renewal and both Democrats voting for renewal. In DORA’s report recommending renewal, it was noted that, because the law was only two years old, “there is little data to rely on in determining how much harm related to management activities exists....” “However, two Managers and one Management Company have already been disciplined for misconduct related to management activities. All of these cases were related to

theft of association funds. Additionally, many of the complaints received by the Division and reported during the sunset review reflect the findings of the 2012 sunrise review [which suggested the law]. “Community Association Managers have access to association funds, which is often in the millions of dollars. An association relies on these funds to ensure the common areas, facilities and, in some cases, buildings are well maintained, and the loss or mismanagement of these funds can be devastating to a community. As a result, the owners may suffer large assessments in order to bring the reserves up to an amount necessary to pay for the daily operation of the community, which may include water bills, trash removal, landscaping and professional services, not to mention necessary upkeep such as repainting buildings, replacing old roofs, repairing driveways and any emergency situations that may arise. “Ensuring Community Association Managers do not steal or mishandle association funds is an important reason to regulate the industry. The Division has the ability to audit the business records of Community Association Managers, and through these audits, the Division may uncover misconduct…. “In fiscal year 16-17, the Director issued one cease and desist order against a compa-

2-Story Mesa View Estates Home Backs to Greenbelt This large home at 15318 W. Ellsworth Drive backs to one of the greenbelts in Mesa View Estates, far from the noise of Highway 6 and Interstate 70. It is only a mile, however, to the Indiana Street/6th Avenue interchange, making it convenient to both Denver and the mountains. With 5 bedrooms and 4½ baths on three levels and its oversized 4-car garage, it can accommodate even the largest family! Features include a main-floor master suite that opens to a 10’x24’ wood deck with a view of Green Mountain and stairs down to the backyard. There are four gas fireplaces, too. In the basement bathroom is a wide 2-headed shower and a sauna that can accommodate 2 or 3 people. On the second floor are 3 bedrooms, one with a private bathroom and two sharing a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The gourmet kitchen has hardwood flooring and gorgeous slab granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, which are all included, as are the high efficiency washer and dryer in the main-floor laundry room. See pictures and a video tour at Open Sunday 11-2 pm.

ny and 11 cease and desist orders against individuals, and revoked one individual license.” [End of excerpt from the DORA report.} Colorado is known as a low-regulation state. In other words, if regulation is not deemed necessary for the public safety, the default is to not regulate an industry. Mortgage brokers, for example, were not even registered in Colorado until the mid2000s, and it was another couple years before they were fingerprinted and required to take classes and pass a state exam in order to be licensed. Prior to that, a felon who had studied up on identity crime while in prison

could claim to be a mortgage broker as soon as he was released and begin taking financial information and Social Security numbers from unsuspecting homeowners or home buyers! HOA members were able to breathe a sign of relief when the state decided to license Community Association Managers in 2013, with full implementation by July 2015, and they should be concerned that a Senate committee killed renewal of it. The actual end of the program doesn’t happen until July 1, 2019, which means the General Assembly could pass a renewal of the CAM program in time to avoid a lapse in regulation.

Saturday Is the Rain Date for Golden’s Community Garage Sales

Last Saturday’s garage sale in two of Golden’s high-end neighborhoods — the Village at Mountain Ridge west of Hwy. 93 in north Golden and Stonebridge at Eagle Ridge off Heritage Road in south Golden — went on despite the intermittent rain, but the turnout was so poor because of the rain that we’re holding them again this Saturday, May 19th. See the updated map and description of what each home is selling at Rita and I live in the Stonebridge subdivision, and we are selling a wide array of furniture and other items, including a St. Pauli Girl electric bar sign that is pictured at right. Hours are this Saturday, May 19th, 8 a.m. to noon. Come and say hello and see what’s for sale!

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Early honors for honored veterans The Senior Resource Center got an early start on celebrating Memorial Day this year, with a flag pinning ceremony of veteran residents on May 11. “This is an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on those who have walked this path before,” said Libby Bodell, senior activities coordinator at the resource center. About 25 residents were recognized at the event, organized with the assistance of All Veteran Funeral and Cremation. All the veterans received a certificate from retired 1st. Sgt. Reggie Barrett and received a pin from 1st Sgt. Margarita Douglas. There was plenty of gratitude to go around, with lots of “thank you for your service” and respect for time protecting the country. “This is all very, very much appreciated,” said Ron Hilton, who served in the Coast Guard. PHOTOS BY CLARKE READER

The 25 veterans celebrated at the Senior Resource Center’s Memorial Day event on May 11.

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US Army Corporal Roland Baldwin receives a pin from 1st Sgt. Margarita Douglas at an early Memorial Day ceremony at the Senior Resource Center on May 11. CLARKE READER

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Neighbors concerned about cell tower near school St. Jude to lease cell tower to Verizon wireless

TOWERS MEAN TROUBLE? Science has not found cell towers to be a threat to the health of children. The American Cancer Society states there is no proven link between cell towers and cancer. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says more extensive studies are needed to fully understand potential risks to children.


For many people, churches and their spires are a symbol of faith and protection for members of their congregation. But for Andrea Guajardo, a parent of a student at Kendrick Lakes Elementary School and member of the St. Jude’s parish, 9405 W. Florida Ave., a new project on the church’s property — a 60-foot cellphone tower used by Verizon — is making her feel anything but protected. “Evidently this project has been in the works for a while, but we never heard anything about it until work had already began,” Guajardo said. “Why was there no public meeting? This tower is right near our kids, and residents had no chance to ask questions.” Guajardo isn’t the only parent concerned about the tower — Anita Springsteen also has a student at the Kendrick Lakes. “The tower is recklessly close to the playground, the preschool, and the school itself. Within feet of it,” she said. “There is a great deal of disagreement about the safety of cell towers, so it seemed particularly irresponsible to place one so close to children who will have prolonged exposure day in and day out.” According to information provided by Stacie Oulton, Lakewood’s public information officer, Federal Communications Commission regulations require local jurisdictions to allow cell towers. Federal law also preempts local governments from creating regulations that are more restrictive than those at the federal level. The tower — which will be leased to Verizon — will be disguised as a tree and was built with all the required permit and approval. “In Lakewood, cell towers of up to 60 feet are allowed in any zone provided that in residential zones, the tower must be a stealth tower, meaning it looks like a tree or is disguised in an-

other way,” Oulton said. “Such stealth towers only need to obtain a building permit from Lakewood. If it were not a stealth tower, then a special use permit would be required.” Since the project only required a building permit, the approval comes from city staff, Oulton added. In response to questions about the project, Dave Singh, principal of Kendrick Lake, directed all inquiries to Diana Wilson, chief communications officer with Jefferson County Public Schools. She said the district doesn’t have a comment, since it’s a private property and city process. “We do not have cell towers on public school property because of parent concerns,” Wilson added. Requests for comment from St. Jude were directed to the Archdiocese of Denver. “The way this typically works is the pastor (in this case Father Robert J. Kinkel) makes the decisions on the land they own, and the Archdiocese provides resources in the form of experts in areas like finances and real estate,” explained Dave Uebbing, interim director of communications with the archdiocese. “There are other churches with cell towers around the area, and we wouldn’t be building this




St. Jude Catholic Church in south Lakewood is building a cell tower that will be leased for use by Verizon Wireless, and the project has some parents concerned, due to its proximity to Kendrick Lakes Elementary. CLARKE READER

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if we weren’t sure if would negatively affect children.” Springsteen also express concern about the noise, the “attractive nuisance” of the equipment shed, as well as fuels and industrial work happening near children. “Verizon works to ensures all of its cell sites are in compliance with state and federal standards. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires compliance with its Radio Frequency (RF) emissions safety limits to ensure the safe operation of cellular facilities,” said Meagan Dorsch, corporate communications with Verizon. “Verizon fully complies with all standards and operates well within the safety guidelines set by the FCC. Additionally, we work with local jurisdictions to ensure all applicable federal, state and local regulations are followed.” Local leaders like Dana Gutwein, one of the councilmembers from Ward 5 — where the tower is located — said she has heard from two parents about their concerns. “I take these fears seriously and followed up by getting additional information and advocating for a community meeting,” she said. “Because there are federal regulations protecting

health and safety regarding cell towers, the city can’t pass stricter regulations. I am confident in our staff, and they are making sure all the ‘I’s’ are dotted and the ‘T’s’ are crossed.” Following the efforts of parents like Guajardo and Springsteen, the church, Verizon and other local leaders held a meeting on April 27. Guajardo said she thought the meeting was to set up a formal meeting that more people could attend, mostly likely in the evening, but discovered it was to be the only meeting. “I felt like I was forced to be an expert on some of these complicated issues for the meeting, and I didn’t know I was going to be in the role of speaking for all residents,” Guajardo said. When asked if Verizon would participate another public information meeting, Dorsch said “Verizon representatives already attended a meeting and addressed the concerns brought to our attention at the time from area residents. Our goal is to always be a good neighbor, wherever we build a cell site.” Ground has already been broken on the site, and Dorsch said it takes about 90 to 180 days to build a cell site, barring delays from uncontrollable issues like the weather. Even as the tower goes up, Guajardo said she’s still dedicated to getting more information and working to get the site removed, even though she feels let down by the lack of response from St. Jude and Father Kinkel. “I want more parents to be aware about this, and want to get more information about this, though the whole process has been emotionally exhausting,” she said. “This should really be about the most important thing — our kids.”

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Jeffco BOE puts value on employees in proposed budget The final budget is expected to be adopted June 7

GIVE YOUR INPUT READ IT: The full proposed budget can be read online at finance FOLLOW IT: Adoption of the final budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Board of Education’s regular meeting held in the Board Room of the Education Center, 1829 Denver West Dr., Golden.


The Jefferson County Board of Education is putting value on its educators in its proposed 2018-19 budget with increased pay and cost of living increases for teachers and an increase to longterm substitute teacher pay. “We’ve talked a lot about making sure we are getting to and remaining competitive with our neighboring districts as far as compensation,” said board member Brad Rupert at the May 3 board meeting. “I think we have kept faith with that promise and I think we are keeping faith with the promise with the steps and levels adjustment.” Earlier in the week the district came to a tentative agreement with the Jefferson County Education Association, giving steps and level raises for existing teachers and a three percent coast of living increase. “We worked diligently at the table to balance limited dollars and great needs,” said Amy Webber, executive director of human resources for Jeffco schools. “Competing demands included dollars for schools, programing decisions as well

COMMENT: If you want to comment on the budget you must sign up. You can do so online at The online sign-up window closes on the day of the public meeting at 3:30 p.m. Anyone without computer access may still sign up by visiting the Board of Education and Superintendent’s office, 1829 Denver West Dr. #27, fourth floor, in Golden from 10 a.m. Monday through Wednesday until 5 p.m. and Thursday until 3:30 p.m. Comments can also be emailed to the board at


as employee compensation.” Those dollars add up to $31.6 million — 70 percent of the $45 million of new costs to the total proposed budget of $991 million.

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After the Thursday night meeting, requests for raises to substitute teachers and bus drivers were left off the budget. Original recommendations from cabinet included $107,250 to increase long-term substitute pay from $115-aday to $145-a-day to stay competitive in this staffing area. Long-term substitute rate is issued when a substitute teacher is in a position for 11 or more days. An additional $839,635 was requested to restructure the substitute school bus driver from part-time status to full-time relief driver. But board members felt there was still something that could be done in this arena and requested to continue the conversation at the May 7 study session. Included in the May 3 budget presentation was an addition $2 million in unexpected revenue that was suggested to be put toward equity-based increases to school based budgets (SBB). These unexpected dollars sparked a conversation about increasing this years capital transfer for $500,000 — which would double this years transfer. “I think we are still not doing a good job maintaining the building education has to happen in,” Rupert said. “I’m concerned that we are not putting enough funding to starting to fix that problem.” Boardmembers Ali Lasell, Amanda Stevens and Susan Harmon echoed those thoughts. “It does make a difference,” Harmon said of the capital funds increase. “I recognize that it may not seem that way when we are looking at dollars.” Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass cautioned the board against moving additional funds into the capital fund in the same year they may ask voters for a bond to complete capitol projects. “If we are on the ballot in the fall and we are not successful, then I think we need to have deeper conversations moving forward,” Glass said. “But while that is still out there you may be able to

cover a significant amount of the need with bond funds and protect other funds for programatic uses like hiring more teachers and keeping compensation competitive.” But after a failed bond in 2016, the board is not confident in relying solely on the voters to pay for improvements to school buildings. “This happens to be a giant problem, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t take a first step,” Rupert said. “I don’t want to take our voters for granted that they didn’t mean what they said two year ago.” At the end of the night the board chose to move around $500,000 to fund the additional capital transfer. Another try at sub and bus pay At the May 7 study session the board and Glass reexamined funding substitute and bus driver pay. The goal of the discussion was not to spend more money, as the budget had already been balanced, but to find money within the budget to pay for line items that had become a priority of the board. The discussion led to the 2.3 million that was recommended for additional SBB funding, since the money was unexpected — coming from an increase in this year’s state funding. Glass pointed out that Jeffco doesn’t suffer from a lack of substitute teachers, which is why funding the additional pay wasn’t higher on the priority list. But the board agreed that giving those teachers a raise was also a priority, thus they shifted $107,250 from the additional SBB to fund the increase in long-term sub pay. But the almost $900,000 needed increase in transportation pay proved too high a price tag for the board to swing without taking away from the SBB funding for schools in need. “Every year we say let’s hold that priority and that’s true this year as well even thought it’s a less awful year,” Stevens said. “We are not forgetting and this continues to be a long-term need.” Final adoption of the budget is scheduled for June 7.

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WRHS STEM looks beyond the horizon as senior year ends Team placed third at annual Shell Eco-Marathon BY CLARKE READER CREADER@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

After four years in high school graduates come away with new skills, horizons to chase, and accomplishments to celebrate. Looking back at the end of Wheat Ridge High School’s STEM program fourth year, instructor Chuck Sprague feels the same way. “It’s kind of like graduation for us in a way,” Sprague said. “It’s a testament to our instructors, professional engineers and administration for allowing this program to grow. We’re already making exciting plans for the coming years.” The school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program started in 2014 under the guidance of Sprague and University of Colorado Denver instructor Doug Gallagher, with a focus of building a successful prototype hydrogen fuel cell car in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon. In that first year, the 16-person team took first place in the competition. In the ensuing years, the team has grown to nearly 80 members and has taken another first place, one second place, and remained on the podium with a third-place finish in this year’s competition at the Sonoma Raceway in California. “We may not have placed as high this year, but we learned a lot about the racing community and the importance of thinking on the spot,” said Ali Helton, a sophomore who went to the competition for the first time and is in her second year in the STEM program. “We learned about adaptability in the moment and dealing with situations as they arise.” In addition to the growth of students interested in participating, the programs has also grown to include new projects. Not only do students still design prototype hydrogen fuel cell cars from scratch every year, but also a car for the urban concept category, which means it needs to be street ready, with everything from doors to windshield wipers. Some students are also working on NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge, which invites both high school and college teams to design, build and test human-powered roving vehicles inspired by the Apollo lunar missions and future exploration. And other students have joined the school’s STEAM (the “A” is for art) class, which blends the technical side of STEM learning with the creativity of the art world project. After successfully building a sculpture in honor of well-known football player and alumni Freddie Steinmark and installing it at Lutheran Medical Center, the STEAM class is designing its next piece. On top off all this, the program turned an empty classroom at the school into a makeshift meeting center, where potential sponsors, future students and other professionals can meet for presentations from students

Wheat Ridge High School’s STEM instructor Chuck Sprague and students Ali Helton, Isaac Fernald and Connor Denny in front of the two cars they entered in this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon. PHOTOS BY CLARKE READER The Wheat Ridge STEM program’s new conference room features the team’s two first place winning prototype hydrogen fuel cell cars. and learn about the program. “This program has definitely gotten more students interested in STEM, and now we’re looking at ways to bring this program into other schools around the area,” Gallagher said. “It has also pushed colleges like mine to find new ways to integrate STEM programs into students’ lives.” Students are already hard at work on the design for next year’s cars to get a jump on the competition and are looking at other projects to tackle during the next school year. “I had the chance to see some other designs in Sonoma this year, so that has helped give me some ideas,” said Isaac Fernald, a junior who has been in the program for his entire time at Wheat Ridge. We want to have it all designed as soon as possible and now have more experience to use when it comes to that process.” Students like sophomore Connor Denny, who is wrapping up his first year in the program, are eager to take their experiences and apply them to whatever directions the program goes in 2018 and 2019. But graduating senior Casey Kramer who, along with Ian Clark and Kevin McCoy, has been in the program since it was first created in 2014, will take his time in program to college and beyond. “Every year the program changed a bit, and it’s been fun to go from working so hard with just 12 of us to having more hands to spare as more people joined,” Kramer said. “I’ve learned that it’s not easy to work in a group, but you have to work through it to get the job done.”

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Jeffco students rewarded for reading and writing Fifth annual awards ceremony recognizes about 50 students BY CHRISTY STEADMAN CSTEADMAN@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Jefferson County students love to read and write. About 50 of them were recognized on May 11 for being the winners of the Education Nonprofit Corporation’s (ENC) Jeffco Writing Challenge and I Love to Read Contest. This is the fifth year for the writing challenge and the second year for the reading contest. “It’s important for young people to think of writing as fun, and not as just work they have to do for school,” said Jody Thomas, one of the contests’ judges. “Hopefully, contests like this will keep them writing because they like to write and want to.” The contests are a collaborative effort of Jefferson County educators and ENC, which is a Golden-based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of education. The organization was founded in 2008, and since 2009, the nonprofit has donated more than $237,000 to local schools. “Kids thrive and have a happy life when they feel encouraged and are recognized for their creativity and effort,” said Linda Rediger, one of ENC’s directors.

Jody Thomas, left, one of the contests’ judges, shakes hands with Seyennah Rae, a ninth grader at Sobesky Academy in Wheat Ridge, and congratulates her on her thirdplace win in the Education Nonprofit Corporation’s Jeffco Writing Challenge. PHOTOS BY CHRISTY STEADMAN

More than 1,200 Jeffco students participated in this year’s writing challenge. This year, the students were tasked with writing a new ending for their favorite book. Entries were judged by a panel of elementary to post-secondary educators. Each grade level — kindergarten through 11th grade — had a firstthrough-third place winner and an

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honorable mention, with the exception of 10th grade because there were no entries from students in this grade. The 12th grade division had only a first and second place winner because only two entered the contest. First-place winners received $100, and second and third places and honorable mentions were awarded gift cards redeemable at Tattered Cover

Claudia Mills shares a poem she wrote when she was a girl in 1966. Mills was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony for the Education Nonprofit Corporation’s Jeffco Writing Challenge and I Love to Read Contest on May 11. bookstores. “I want to be an author someday,” said Seyennah Rae, a ninth grader at Sobesky Academy in Wheat Ridge, who won third place in the writing contest. “The contest is a good way for me to practice knowing my audience.” Schools were also recognized for SEE STUDENTS, P9

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Parents of the winners of the Education Nonprofit Corporation’s Jeffco Writing Challenge and I Love to Read Contest take their children’s pictures in a group photo op at the awards ceremony May 11 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. CHRISTY STEADMAN



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participating in the writing challenge. In first place for schools with the highest percentage of participation based on enrollment was Bell Middle School in Golden, followed by Oberon Middle School in Arvada, then Red Rocks Elementary School in Morrison. Hackberry Hill Elementary School in Arvada came in first for the schools with the highest percentage of winners versus entries. Fairmount Elementary School in Golden got second in this category and Conifer High School came in third. The I Love to Read contest is offered to kindergarten-through-eighth grade

students. Students draw a picture and complete the sentence “I Love to Read because …” The entries are then compiled into an I Love to Read ebook. Like the writing contest, awards were given for first-through-third place winners and an honorable mention for each grade level. Winning schools in the I Love to Read contest are Green Gables Elementary School Lakewood, first place; Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster, second place; and Everitt Middle School in Wheat Ridge, third place. The ceremony’s guest speaker was Claudia Mills, who spoke on her journey to becoming an award-winning author. “To all the young writers out there,” Mills said to the contest winners, “all of you have stories to tell that no one else can. Go and tell those stories.”



Two upcoming Career Days for Girls events are part of a nationwide effort to encourage young women to pursue careers in transportation and construction. Presented by the HOYA Foundation, the career days are offered June 25-29 and July 16-20, and are free for qualified candidates. Participants will travel to five companies to learn about the careers offered in the transportation and construction industries. The girls will be at each location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the host company will provide lunch. “It is so exciting to see young women light up as they realize there are so many possibilities for their career,” Keller Hayes, from the HOYA Foundation, said in a news release. “One of last year’s graduates got to have shadowing days at RTD, Iron Horse Architects, Denver International Airport, P&H Equipment and Gilmore Construction. She also got one-on-one assistance with scholarship applications through Land Acquisitions. All of this was a direct result of her par-





ticipation in Career Days for Girls.” This year’s participating companies are Adolfson & Peterson, CDOT, Denver International Airport, Fiore & Sons, Gilmore Construction, Iron Horse Architects, Martin Marietta, P&H Equipment, RTD and Wagner Equipment. Transportation and construction careers include jobs such as heavy equipment operator, architect, engineer, driver, surveyor, project supervisor, marketing, human resources and so many more. “I would recommend Career Days for Girls to anyone. It was a great experience to see how many jobs are out there,” Sarai Aragon, participant in Career Days for Girls 2017, said in the release. To qualify for the free program, candidates must be girls between the ages of 13 and 20. All candidates will need their own transportation to the host companies, and parental consent is required for girls under 18. The deadline to apply is May 25. “I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. And this just helped me open up to what was possible. Definitely do it — even if your mom makes you,” said Isabella Villano, a participant in Career Days for Girls 2017. At the conclusion of the week, girls will be asked to write a short essay reflecting on the experience. Visit www. for the online application.


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Bill on mental health, guns stalls in Legislature Sheriff, DA support emergency measure, but GOP lawmakers pull plug

“I’m skeptical of giving the government authority like this, but skepticism is not a justification for inaction.”


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Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock begged state lawmakers to pass legislation making it easier to confiscate firearms from someone considered a danger to themselves or others — people, he said, like the man who shot and killed a sheriff ’s deputy in Highlands Ranch on New Year’s Eve. A week later, Republicans in the state Senate refused to send the

bill to a floor vote, unconvinced by the prominent GOP district attorneys and sheriffs who argued that it would protect officers dealing with people in the midst of mental

health crises. The 2018 legislative session came to a close on May 9. The bill did pass the Democratled House. Only two Republicans voted for it, foreshadowing claims

by senators that the bill didn’t protect gun owners. Despite the proliferation of similar proposals after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February and Colorado’s own history of mass shootings, the short-lived debate showed that the battle lines on gun policy in Colorado politics have barely shifted. Similar “red flag” laws have been introduced in nearly 30 states since the Parkland, Florida killings, with lawmakers in Florida, Maryland and Vermont passing legislation. The issue simmered in Colorado’s divided Legislature until about a week before the end of the legislative session, when a top Republican in the Democrat-led

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House and a Democratic colleague unveiled the proposal. Supporters tried to keep the focus on the 29-year-old peace officer shot to death on New Year’s Eve in Highlands Ranch, naming the bill after slain Douglas County Sheriff ’s Deputy Zackari Parrish. Public records show the gunman, Matthew Riehl, threatened officials at the Wyoming law school he attended, threatened lawsuits against family members if they kept him from accessing firearms and was placed under a 72-hour mental health hold in 2014 at a Veterans Affairs psychiatric ward. None of that appears to have disqualified him from buying weapons. Colorado Republicans claimed a

red flag law could discourage gun owners from seeking treatment for mental health problems. They said personal spats could lead to requests for an emergency order without giving the gun owner an immediate opportunity to respond. “When it comes to the potential for gun confiscation without proper due process ... I do not think it should be any surprise what happens to that bill,” GOP Senate President Kevin Grantham predicted May 7. Under the proposal, family members or law enforcement could have asked a court to issue a “temporary extreme risk protection order” if they believed someone posed a risk to themselves or others, and require them to hand in all firearms to local law enforcement. Another hearing would have been required within seven days of the initial order, and a judge would have decided whether to end or extend an order for 182

days. The gun owner could have asked a judge to reconsider during that 182-day period. Supporters argued that process ensured that gun owners’ rights were protected but would help prevent suicide or killings. At an April 30 press conference unveiling the bill, Spurlock said it could have saved Parrish’s life. “What we’re trying to do is save lives,” he said. “And if you get in front of this or you interfere with it or you don’t vote for it ... you are not doing your job.” Gun rights debates have consumed Colorado’s Capitol before. Lawmakers approved a ban on high-capacity magazines and added a background check for firearm transfers in 2013, months after the mass shootings in Aurora and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Gun owners’ groups retaliated by pushing successful recall votes against two Democratic state sena-

tors who voted for the gun control bills. The groups again mobilized against the red flag bill, calling Republican co-sponsor Cole Wist, of Centennial, “a mole” in the party’s ranks and warning George Brauchler, a district attorney running for attorney general, to withdraw his support. But Brauchler, who prosecuted the Aurora theater shooter for killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in 2012, called the proposal the most “protective” version of a “red flag” law nationally. By comparison, an Indiana version passed in 2005 lets police confiscate firearms without a warrant and get a judge’s approval afterward, said Brauchler, a Republican whose 18th Judicial District includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. “I’m skeptical of giving the government authority like this, but skepticism is not a justification for inaction,” he said.

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VOICES Avengers class assembly: Let’s guess at the SATs of the MCU



Michael Alcorn

y daughter came home this week with her SAT scores. Of course, she believes—because she’s told this by her school — that this score is the end-all, be-all key to future success, happiness, and world peace. Actually, I exaggerate. Her school never told her it was the key to world peace. And then, a few hours after that pivotal moment, she went with me and her brother to go see “Infinity War.” It got me to thinking: none of these guys ever took the SAT, and they’ve saved the world

a dozen times. But if they HAD, what do you think they might have gotten? Obviously, Tony Stark (aka. Iron Man) would have gotten a 1600. He’d have probably gotten a 1600 with a hangover and while hitting on the teacher/proctor of the test. Then again, he probably took the test when he was 12, so maybe not. The hangover part — he definitely got a 1600. Likewise, I would imagine Bruce Banner (aka. The Hulk) also got a 1600. Which just goes to prove the point that there’s a

difference between intellect and wisdom: Dr. Banner irradiated himself with a massive dose of gamma radiation during a test detonation of an experimental bomb, thus creating The Hulk. Oops. And, yeah, Dr. Steven Strange was a brilliant surgeon in his previous life, so he, too could have earned a 1600. And, y’know, if he missed one or two, he could always have gone back in time and fixed them. SEE ALCORN, P14

Proud to offer proof: This age-old American system gets the job done

T LETTER TO THE EDITOR Teachers pay, schools, and fairness The May 10 article on full day kindergarten was revealing, yet left some truths unsaid. Noted was the fact that by the second or third grade students tend to equalize the benefits of full day kindergarten. This is also true for the Head Start program. Full day kindergarten is a benefit mainly for those parents who are employed full time. Isn’t this a babysitting service? Teachers are wanting to earn the equivalent of a year’s salary for what amounts to less than 9 months work. That is a lot of money for the rest of us to come up with for a combination of education and babysitting. Shouldn’t the County come up with other part-time jobs for these teachers so that they work the same 12 months, or so, as the rest of us?

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This begets the question, “Exactly what are we expecting from our school system?” Education is one thing, but isn’t expecting the system to be surrogate parents a bit too much? When does the burden of a student who is a discipline problem revert back to the parents? Isn’t an autistic child who becomes a danger to others a problem for the parents, not the school system? Our school system is a microcosm what we want our society to become. Shouldn’t school be a safe-haven for learning, not a parental substitute; nor a stressful environment created by political correctness? Doesn’t it seem we still have a lot of work to do? William F Hineser, Arvada SEE LETTERS, P13

woes; and it passed the Senate (18 Republicans, 16 Democrats, one Independent) unanimously! So I don’t really want to hear that politicians CAN’T collaborate. Yes, we have differences. No, we’re not perfect. But we can collaborate, and we do, when Coloradans need us the most. Still not convinced? When the transportation bill left the Senate with that unanimous vote, it went to the House of Representatives for amendments, and it came back to us in a slightly different form. Essentially, it meant NOBODY was getting a transportation solution that was entirely suitable for any one legislator. Everybody, including me, had objections. So what happened? We collaborated AGAIN, and we came to ANOTHER unanimous agreement. We explored options and we discussed all the points where we disagreed on issues. We put aside our differences; we met early in the morning and late at night. It was hard work, and I commend my colleagues for their willingness to keep their eye on the ball, with the realization that millions of Coloradans were counting on us. When Senate Republicans first announced their version of the Transportation Bill in January,

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he system works. Granted, it’s not perfect. It doesn’t satisfy 100 percent of the people all the time. But it works. GUEST I’m talking, of course, about our COLUMN political system, offering as example the recent, highly contentious Transportation Bill (SB 18-001). Going door-todoor, talking to voters, I have heard all the common Rachel Zenzinger criticism from all the cynics who complain regularly about politicians who “refuse to work together,” who “care more about their next election than they do about the good of the community,” and so on and so on. I ask those people to go back and read the recent headlines out of the Colorado General Assembly, and read the stories carefully. I point specifically to the transportation solutions in SB 001 that my colleagues and I just delivered to the Governor’s desk; and I ask you to note that this was NOT a hold-yournose, arm-twister of a law that some party in power ramrodded through committees without regard for opposing views. This is a $3 billion solution to years of transportation

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Glass fans flames of teacher unrest Recently, in a guest column, Jason Glass made it seem that if the state repaid the “budget stabilization” factor the Jeffco school district could hire 1,000 more teachers or all teachers could see a 13.5 percent pay raise. Unfortunately, there are two key facts that Glass failed to consider or mention in his column. First, teachers’ pay was not the only budget item that was cut


the first speculation among most observers was that it would die quickly in the Democrat-controlled House. This is NOT the kind of fatalistic attitude we adopt in my office or in other Senatorial offices, as our unanimous vote proved. If it sounds like I am bragging, maybe I am. I’m proud that my constituents handed me this responsibility, and that I am responding the way I think they expect me to – and that I am helping to put the kibosh on all

during the Great Recession. The 2016-17 Jeffco Facility Condition Assessment identified $575 million in deferred Educational Adequacy and Facilities conditions needs. This document also stated that these needs would grow annually by approximately $50M over the next 5 years. Shouldn’t some of the “budget stabilization” payback be spent on these deferred maintenance needs? Shouldn’t taxpayers reasonably expect the school district to maintain the facilities we have paid for? Second, even if the state repays the “budget stabilization” deficit at a rate of $76 million per year as

Glass wrote, what happens in year 8 when the debt is paid off and the funding stops? Would Jeffco have to fire 1,000 teachers or reduce salaries by 13.5 percent? By identifying some very specific uses and ignoring other equally important needs for “budget stabilization” funds, Glass sets unrealistic expectations with teachers. It shows that he isn’t looking at the long-term implications or the overall needs of the district, but is merely fanning the flames of teacher unrest. Robert Greenawalt, Lakewood

Cat-astrophy averted On May 9, thanks to the valiant efforts of Officer V. Burton of Wheat Ridge Police and the Arvada Fire EMS crew, we were able to rescue my neighbor’s yellow-striped tomcat who had somehow managed to get himself wedged between the phone lines twenty feet up on the pole, just hanging there; he seemed to have given up, was drooping in the heat and looked like his 9th life was up. Back down on the ground he was in fine fettle once more. Roger Fransson, Wheat Ridge

that unfounded criticism of “donothing” politicians. By the way, we also passed a few other bills in this session, all of which required bipartisan agreement along the way. How many? More than 200 through the two Chambers! So the next time you DON’T hit a pothole on Wadsworth Boulevard and you DON’T have to pay $300 for an alignment and new wheel, I hope you will think about the legislators who are at their jobs, trying to make the system work. You gotta believe. Sen. Rachel Zenzinger represents Senate District 19, including portions of Arvada and Westminster.

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Peter Parker, that is, Spider Man, was probably too young to have taken the test yet. But even if he had, he had this terrible habit of running out on things at the wrong moment. He might have been on his way to a really good score, but he didn’t finish the test. 1240. Thor strikes me as a pedestrian student. I mean, sure, he’s a god and all, but he probably spent a lot more time in the gym and on the training field than in the library. Plus, he’s like, what? 5000 years old? So, his classes were a long

time ago. 1160. Good enough not to derail his track scholarship (he specialized in the hammer toss, dontcha know?). What about Natasha Romonov, the diminutive super-assassin known as Black Widow? She seems to me to be more clever and manipulative than purely intellectual. Then again, she does speak several languages, so her verbal score might’ve been 800, but her math score was likely a bit less lofty. Maybe 550, for a composite 1350. Of course, Steve Rogers, as a young Steve Rogers, was pretty mediocre. I don’t know if he even gets a 1000. And then, when he retook it after being turned into

Captain America, with his super memory, he probably got a 1580. He lost points for disputing a couple questions that had misleading wordings. Peter Quill, the wise-cracking Guardian of the Galaxy known as Star Lord, was that kid who only showed up at the SAT test site because it was part of a probation agreement, and then spent the entire test shooting spit wads at the smart kids in the front of the room. Let’s say 420 for getting his name right and a couple accidentally correct answers in the picture of a bunny he created by filling in dots on the answer sheet. But, then again, as soon as the test was over, he saved an elderly couple from a

mugger, so… So, I guess my point, if I have a point, is this: the SAT is not the end-all, be-all of your life, kids. There are qualities much more valuable that tests don’t measure, like courage, creativity, and a strong moral compass. Cultivate those, and the world will look to you for great things. What’s that? What about Groot? C’mon — everybody knows talking trees aren’t real. Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His novels are available at His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.

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For first-timers or the uninitiated in the world of comic conventions, Denver’s annual Comic Con can be an intimidating experience. The sprawling event, which is June 15-17 this year, brings upward of 100,000 nerds, cosplayers and collectors into the Colorado Convention Center for fun, exploration and connection. “There’s a sense of community that comes with these kinds of events, because everyone shares the same passions,” said Tara Hubner, marketing and communications manager with Pop Culture Classroom, which puts on the con every year. “For a lot of people, this is the only time they get to see some of these people, so it’s like a big SEE COMIC, P17

• One of the best parts about Comic Con is seeing the truly exceptional cosplay work so many people are capable of creating. There are the expected super heroes and science fiction leads, but there’s always more than a few surprises. Don’t be shy to ask to take a photo with a particular favorite — most are very friendly and willing to pose. • At the Comic Con website, there are guidelines for what cosplayers are and are not allowed to wear and bring in as props. Hubner said cosplayers need to be covered enough that there’s no risk of “wardrobe malfunctions” and said that as a general rule, if a person isn’t sure about a certain prop or outfit, it’s better to leave it at home. • Littleton’s Reinke Brothers Halloween Costume and Superstore is a great place for cosplayers of all skill levels to suit up, especially as it’s one of the few costume stores open year-round. “We have the latest and greatest costumes, parts and pieces to make a great outfit,” said Greg “Shof” Shofner, general manager of the store, located at 5663 S. Prince St. “Comic Con gives us a great boost every year, and we start our ordering in January to make sure we have enough of all the costumes.” Over the years, the store has built up relationships with reputable manufacturers, so all the costumes they sell are properly licensed. • A big key to the success of many cosplay outfits is the makeup and prosthetics, and Reinke has experts in those areas as well to help provide that movie quality look. • As Shofner tells it, the key is to get started working on outfits as soon as possible, in case there need to be last-minute alterations.


• It’s downtown Denver, so parking is always going to be tricky and potentially expensive, Hubner said. Pop Culture’s recommendation is to park farther away and take a Lyft or Uber, or take the light rail, since there is a stop right at the convention center. That same weekend PrideFest and the Denver BBQ Festival will be happening, so expect downtown to be extra busy. • With attendance last year topping about 115,000 people, attendees should be prepared for lines and waiting at the June 15-17 event. June 16, a Saturday, will be the busiest day, so Friday or Sunday would be a good day to visit to deal with fewer people. “The schedule for the con will be announced about two weeks out, and we encourage people to take a look at it and get a game

plan, so they don’t lose time wandering,” Hubner said. “We advise attendees to wear comfortable shoes, brings snacks and water to help them.” • The vast majority of the artists and authors who will be speaking are available for photos and autographs for free, but when it comes to major celebrities, there’s more to consider. Tickets to those events can be bought in advance or at the event, but fans should be prepared for lines. According to Hubner, lines for photo ops or autographs can take 30 minutes to an hour. “We recommend people go to the celebrity summit first thing and get a sense of the times when their celebrity will be making an appearance,” she said. “Then get there early if you don’t want to spend a lot of time

waiting.” • There are plenty of ATMS around the center, but using them usually requires more waiting in lines, so bring cash if possible. • Consider staying after hours. A fun part of the con is all the new people that attendees meet, and there are several after-party events available to keep the good times going. • One of the biggest piece of advice Hubner has is to not be intimidated. There will be volunteers spread all over the con who will be more than willing to answer questions and provide guidance. “We’re a very welcoming place, and there’s always someone willing to help,” she said. “We want everyone to have a good time while they’re here.”

Young actress isn’t just going through a stage


ot many people are lucky enough to know what they do with their lives by the time they reach important milestones like graduating from high school. So, I’m not sure if there’s a name for how lucky 10-year-old Arvadan Payton Maynard is — she’s known she wanted to act since she was 2 years old. “When I was 2, my mom started noticCOMING ing I was really good ATTRACTIONS at memorizing stuff, and could do it quickly,” she said. “That was kind of the start, and by the time I was 6, we started looking for an agency.” In the ensuing years Maynard has worked in several independent films Clarke Reader and was recently cast as one of the leads in a new mystery and science fiction TV series called “Frozen Dead” about cryogenics that is filming in Nederland. And she recently took to the stage for the first time in the role of the Young Queen Elizabeth II in Aurora’s Vintage Theatre’s production of “The Audience.” “What I like about the theater is you can react to the audience and they can react to you. When you’re doing film or TV, you don’t get that connection,” she said. “It’s been my favorite acting experience yet. I think it has so much potential to make me grow as actress and person.” As someone who has been acting locally for so much of her life, Maynard has seen more film and TV opportunities become available in the metro area, but still not as many as places like Los Angeles and New York City. “Last summer got to be an extra in a feature film called ‘Unmarked,’ and now this TV series,” she said. “We’ll be continuing work on it through the summer and will start shopping it around in August. I do have a five-year commitment if it gets picked up.” As to what Maynard’s future holds, in addition to acting she loves dance, so she wants to continue her studies in the fields of dance, drama and acting, and may even consider teaching at the Doral Academy in Westminster — the school she currently attends. “When I get on the stage, I get to leave the past behind and make a new future for myself,” she said. “I want the chance to inspire other kids to do what they love and be what they want to be.”


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family reunion for so many people.” With so much going on at the con, including hundreds of booths, celebrities signing memorabilia and taking photos, and panels with all manners of

creatives, it can be easy, especially for first-timers, to feel lost and unsure about what is acceptable and allowed by visitors. Pop culture Classroom set up a section of its website at www.denvercomiccon. com/new-to-the-con/ to answer some basic questions, and we spoke to Hubner and other participants to give advice for those new to the con.

FOR THE COMIC COLLECTORS • Despite all the hoopla over celebrities and special events, Denver Comic Con very much still treasures the comic culture that created this cultural movement. Comic stores and dealers from the metro area and beyond will be selling current and classic books, and many stellar artists and writers will be on hand as well. • Andrew Middleton, a comic expert at Colorado Coins, Cards and Comics in Arvada, has attended the Comic Con numerous times, and said he loves meeting the variety of people who show up to share their love of the form.

be more interested in certain issues and willing to spend more money. Attendees should determine where their interests lie, as that will help guide their shopping. • One of the best things about the con, Middleton said, is meeting the local and regional artists that most shoppers won’t find online or in stores. Instead, they have the chance to buy them right from the source.

“There’s not one kind of person who loves comic books anymore,” he said. “My favorite part of the con is meeting people who you wouldn’t think are into this stuff, but it turns out really love it.”

• As with most things related to Comic Con, Middleton’s advice is to do research in advance. If a shopper is searching for a particular issue or collectible item, doing some research online will help narrow down the retailers to meet.

• There are two classes of comic buyers, as Middleton sees it — those who like to read the books and those who want to collect them. Those who want to read them are going to be focused on stories and characters, whereas the collectors are going to

“Most of these people are experts, so keep in mind the stories or characters you most care about, and they can offer recommendations,” he added. “Some vendors are going to feature the latest books, while others will be looking to highlight the rare stuff.”


Town Hall Arts announces new season Anticipation is one of the great pleasures in life if properly appreciated, and fans of theater and live music now have a several months of anticipation ahead of them with the announcement of Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center 37th season. The 2018-2019 season offers up five musicals and a play — “American Idiot” runs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 7, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” from Nov. 9 through Dec. 23, “Casa Valentina” from Jan. 11 through Feb. 3, “Dames at Sea” from Feb. 15 through March 17, “The World Goes ‘Round” from March 29 through April 28, and the season closes with “Sister Act,” which runs from May 17 to June 16. For music lovers, the new season starts with the Littleton Jazz Festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, followed by Lannie Garrett’s “Swing Sets” running at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 13 and 2 p.m. on the 14th. The next performance is The Patsy Decline show, running at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, 19, 20 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 21, followed by Buckstein’s performance at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13. The 17th Avenue Allstars Sunday, featuring the National Acappella Champions, is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, and The Nacho Men will be stopping by at 7 p.m. on March 3. Soul legend Hazel Miller is stopping by the center at 7 p.m. on April 7, followed by the Colorado Children’s Chorale at 7 p.m. on April 28. The season ends with the Deranged Divas at 7 p.m. on June 9. Season tickets are available now, and

single tickets go on sale on July 24. For tickets and information on all the shows, visit A different kind of school band concert Littleton’s School of Rock specifically caters to those looking to master the vital rock components — guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals — and take their talents to stages in Denver and beyond. School of Rock students will get the chance to live the life of a bar band at Moe’s Original BBQ, 3295 S. Broadway, at noon on Saturday, May 18, with their performance of The Doors vs. Jefferson Airplane. A pair of 1960s psychedelic rock titans, both bands made an enormous impact on musicians of the time and those still following in their footsteps 50 years later. Audiences will have the opportunity to decide which band is the better as students perform some of both bands’ best. For information and tickets, visit Jazz to start the summer at Five Points One of the great things about jazz is the diversity of musicians and styles that fit comfortably inside this dynamic and vital genre. One of the best examples of this in the metro area is the annual Five Points Jazz Festival, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 and go to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. The free, family-friendly festival features more than 45 bands playing on 10 stages on Welton Street, between 26th and 29th streets. Musicians will be performing all kinds of subgenres,

Cosplayers dressed as the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at last year’s Denver Comic Con. FILE PHOTO

from jazz and bop to swing and funk. Other activities include an art and food marketplace, a musicians’ jam session, film screenings, and a family zone featuring yoga, face painting, a giant slide, jumpy castle and more. This year’s grand marshals are Wende Harston and Jim “Daddio” Walker. For more information and complete schedule. visit www.ArtsandVenues. com/FivePointsJazz. Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Japandroids at the Ogden Last year, Vancouver’s Japandroids reaffirmed their status as one of the purest rock bands working in modern music with their third album, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life.” Which means I can objectively say that nobody should miss Japandroids as they stop by the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Avenue, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. Not only will the show feature Japandroids but indie rock legends Wolf Parade. The group made some of the early 2000’s catchiest rock records and went on indefinite hiatus in 2011. The group returned in January of last year and released a great album called “Cry Cry Cry” in October. Together, Japandroids and Wolf Parade make up one of the best bills of the year, so tickets should be purchased posthaste. Visit for tickets and more. Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia. com.




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What’s the one thing you’ve learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? Colorado Community Media asks the Class of 2018 about the lessons they take with them as they head into the future. Their responses are as unique as they are. In the next few pages we celebrate the Class of 2018 and wish them great success. Listen to what they have to say about their future.

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Sydney Weathers Green Mountain High School I have participated in multiple extracurricular activities over my four years at Green Mountain. I have played the sports of football (yes, I am a girl), basketball and soccer. I am also a member of National Honor Society. I maintained a 4.5 G.P.A over the years and notably was the weather girl for my school’s announcements as Sydney Weathers with the weather. After high school plans? I will be attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. I plan on double majoring with one major in English and the other undecided. I also hope to study abroad in Sydney, Australia. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I want to pursue the career of an author. Growing up, I always loved writing, and my

passion only grew in my high school classes. I know the impact that words and stories can have on other people, and I want the opportunity to affect people’s lives for the better with my writing. What do you hope to accomplish in life? My biggest goal I plan on accomplishing in life is to get a book I write published and for that book to later get adapted into a movie. If I could do anything, it would be to Thoroughly educate myself in college. Then, using what I learned about writing, influence and teach people about the growing problem surrounding pet homelessness. After working with my local animal shelter this year, I managed to inform my community about the different problems, but I would love to have the opportunity to tell even more people about all the pet issues currently going on in our society.

Colin Mulligan Golden High School I attended two years of high school at Golden High School. While there I played football, basketball, lacrosse and was on the track team. I also founded the first high school Ducks Unlimited chapter in Colorado, which was recently sponsored by the Rotary Club. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I started my own business this spring — I am guiding turkey hunts in Kansas on my family’s property. I figure it is a start to being self-employed, and although it’s a lot of traveling, there will be great learning opportunities involved. I will be attending Colorado State University in hopes to study finance, and after four years, to pursue a master in business so I can be CEO of my own company one day. What do you hope to accomplish in life? I want to own my own busi-

ness because I want to be my own boss. The idea of being able to set your own schedule and controlling the amount of money you make is something I want to be part of my life. I want to be able to control my own destiny and I feel like owning my own business will be something that will allow me to pursue my dream as well as help others along the way. If I could do anything, it would be to ... Make the most of my time with my friends and family and make the most out of life, all while helping others realize the same thing. Time is precious, so we might as well all make the most of it. I would even create more time if that was possible. I am thankful for the opportunity that Golden High School has presented and I am excited for the road that lies ahead, but I am enjoying every minute like it might be my last.

What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? To cherish and empower my own voice, and the voices of others. I’ve discovered that through doing so, one can better understand and articulate their own truths while simultaneously learning from others. It’s important to be self-aware of your own potential while also recognizing the innate value in others.

A good team is more than the sum of the individuals. A good team is built bonding over the long nights editing term papers on three hours of sleep and six cups of coffee. A good team is created by sharing the physics study guide on the class page. And most importantly a good team is forged in the basketball stands when we beat our biggest rivals. Our grade was truly an amazing team and it was this team spirit that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

— Logan Klutse, Lakewood High School

— Lauren Hastert, D’Evelyn High School

It’s okay to ask for help. Being part of the Latino culture there’s a stigma around sharing struggles. I’ve been taught to not share and sharing and opening up is always more beneficial than not. — Daniel Alanis, Bear Creek High School

To not be scared of being involved. To push through and persevere my fears. Critical thought and rationalization. To scrutinize choices before I make a poor one. … Through the rest of my life I believe that the assimilation of my experiences in and out of the classroom will be the foundation to lift me, and tools to fix things. I believe the tools I have will be useful for anything I do in my future. — Isaac Judovsky, Arvada West

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Siena M. Vessa Ralston Valley High School During my four years of high school, I was involved with the student government, choir, track and field, swim and dive, cheerleading, gymnastics, lacrosse and the National Honors Society. I plan on attending Metropolitan State University. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I want to pursue a career in law enforcement, being a K-9 handler. Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to do something with dogs! When my father became a K-9 bomb dog handler, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Not only do I get to have a dog at work but being an officer, you are a servant to your community to serve and protect in every way possible. While in student government, we did a lot of volunteer work and the more I did I saw how little things can make an impact in someone else’s life. I want to carry that on.

What do you hope to accomplish in life? I hope to accomplish my goals as an officer and later on have my own K-9 training facility and be distributor of K-9 for the different military and law enforcement branches. But besides the whole career idea, I want to be a person that makes an impact on at least one person a day. I’m not looking to change the world but I am looking and hoping to change a world. Being able to know that I made an impact, difference or change in just one person’s day/ world, by doing something small and overlooked, I will feel accomplished. If I could do anything, it would be to ... Share the importance of respect. I believe in today’s time and age a lot of people either 1) lost/forgot what respect is, 2) they don’t know what it is, or 3) they don’t care about it. Everyone deserves respect no matter how one feels about another. Everyone has different views, everyone has different morals, everyone is different. But everyone earns respect.


to the Arvada West High School Graduating Class of 2018! From the Administration and Staff of Arvada West High School

Savannah Martin Standley Lake High School I participate in National Honor Society and played varsity girls basketball and track. I plan to attend Western State Colorado University at Gunnison to pursue being a collegiate track and field athlete. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I want to pursue a career in the medical field as an orthopedic or physical therapist. I wish to do this because I have had multiple surgeries on my right leg and the

people who supported me through it were incredible. I would love to be able to pay it forward to future patients and athletes. What do you hope to accomplish in life? I want to live a happy life and enjoy wherever life takes me. I want to be a person that can help another. If I could do anything, it would be to … Bring light into as many lives as possible.

What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? I will always carry with me the lesson that while instant success may reward you, perseverance through failure is the only way to true success. No matter how hard life will ever hit you, there are always better days ahead of you. — Cameron Reiber, Ralston Valley

Make sure to get your work done and work hard. — Joanna Sherrill, Bear Creek High School

CONGRATULATIONS Faith Christian Academy 2018 Grads!






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May the Lord continue to inspire you to use your God-given talents to impact the world. C o m m u nit


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Kira Emsbo Lakewood High School I play on the varsity basketball team at Lakewood High School, where I am a captain and have been a starter all four years. Last year we were the state runner up, representing the best season in program history. Additionally, I played for a club team called the Boulder Rockies. Key Club, where I am Vice President. I play the alto saxophone in the Wind Ensemble. Link Leaders, where I organized and took part in daily meetings and weekly activities throughout the school year. Also, Adaptive Swim and Play Program, National Honor Society and track. After high school plans? After high school I plan to attend Princeton University, where I will also play basketball. I haven’t yet decided on my major but I am so excited about the abundance of incredible options at Princeton. I look forward to exploring them during my freshman and sophomore years and in the process, zero in on my passion.

What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? Currently, I am leaning towards the sciences with a particular interest in biology. I am not yet sure if I want to translate this into a career in the medicine or research. I am also drawn to development/inequality economics, so ideally I would like to find a path that enables me to pursue both of these realms. I am drawn to these fields because they both, in very different ways, would allow me to positively impact the lives and well-being of others. What do you hope to accomplish in life? In my lifetime, I hope to reach my full potential and encourage those around me to do the same, in order to make use of the educational and life opportunities that I have been afforded. If I could do anything, it would be to... Solve a problem with global implications that could bring hope, health or happiness to others.

Samuel Allan Faith Christian High School I was student body president at Faith Christian High School. Over the past four years, I have participated in Mock Trial, soccer, track, jazz and concert band. I plan to attend Wheaton College outside Chicago this fall. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? A career in banking and investing is what I plan to pursue after high school. I have seen firsthand how beneficial money can be when it is used properly like helping feed a family, giving someone a second chance in life, or

helping an individual realize their dreams. I have a passion to learn about many different things, and investing often requires a wide array of knowledge. What do you hope to accomplish in life? My biggest accomplishment in life would be to love God and others more than I love myself, first by sharing the gospel of Christ, then by helping others with their physical needs. If I could do anything, it would be to … I would love to live in South America for a year and experience the culture.

What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? The greatest thing I have learned is that the attitude you have towards situations makes all of the difference. By staying positive, you can make a situation so much easier. Last summer my father was diagnosed with Leukemia. Throughout multiple rounds of chemo and two transplants, he still remains positive and I have seen how that has impacted him and our family. By looking ahead and seeing all of the good sides of a seemingly bad situation, one doesn’t dwell, but rather thrives in the moment.

Life has taught me quite a few things over the past eighteen years. When talking to most other kids my age they’ll say the normal teenage struggles such as friends, school, etc. For me my struggles have been a little bit tougher. Since I have been through some major life events such as my father passing away I have learned something that will follow me for the rest of my life. No matter who you are or where you’ve been it’s important to move forward and push yourself to be the best you. Holding yourself back because you’ve had a couple of bumpy rides isn’t what you should be doing. I’ve taken those struggles and turned them into motivation. There are plenty of kids who have been through the same things as me, but many of them are unable to continue forward, they get stuck in a never-ending loop. Wherever I end up in life I will carry the knowledge and lesson that life is about taking the negatives and using them to better your life and those around you.

— Madyson Moran, Ralston Valley

— Maxwell Pettit, Arvada High

— Devyn Schneider, Green Mountain High School

I think one of the life lessons I’ve gotten from high school is that anyone can be a part of something great. On our soccer team we have kids who are predominate Spanish speakers and a player from Africa, So we don’t all speak the same language, but we’ve all come together to do something. So, no matter where you come from we all have potential and we all have greatness.

I learned a lot about myself. The different classes I took helped me find a direction for where I want to go. — M’shia Good, Bear Creek High School

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Melody Weber Arvada High School Melody Weber participated in several activities while at Arvada High School including National Honors Society as a cabinet member, the chambers orchestra ensemble, Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) Society, gymnastics, track, and the NAOS (North Area Option School) program. She plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I’m looking to go into medicine. Specifically I want to go into obstetrician and gynecology with a specialty in maternal fetal medicine.

medical field.

I found out about it because my aunt is a pediatric hospitalist. I’ve always been interested in the

What do you hope to accomplish in life? Ultimately, I’d just like to find myself happy — fulfilling my career with a family and I’d love to travel. I’d like to help as many people as I can in my chosen profession. If I could do anything, it would be to … Always have as positive an impact on people as possible.

Casey Defield Green Mountain High School In my high school career, I have participated in volleyball, track and field, ignition, Future Farmers of America, and 4H. After high school plans? After high school, I plan to go to CSU to study Agricultural Education. Along with that, I will be getting a minor in Animal Science. After college, I hope to be hired to teach in an urban area where I can continue educating younger generations in the importance

of agriculture. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I want to pursue a career in Agricultural Education because with this, I will be able to spread the knowledge of agriculture to students and the community as well as help high school students discover who they truly are. What do you hope to accomplish in life? In life, I hope to change the world through education because education

has been a huge part of my life and I would like to pass on the things I have learned to younger generations. I also hope to get to learn more about the changing industry agriculture so that I can continue to teach other people while also learning about new things. If I could do anything, it would be to. If I could do anything, it would be to travel the world and look at agriculture in different places. I would like to do this in order to continue learning about how agriculture affects people in different places, all over the world.

What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? I want to fearlessly chase my dreams, passionately love everyone I come in contact with, and fully embrace every opportunity to live free and alive in that very moment. The greatest lesson I have learned is the meaning to all of this, to live free and alive with the love of the one true God flowing through me. — Selena Parks, Faith Christian

For the rest of my life I will be forever grateful that music has changed my life. Music is an escape for so many people including myself. It’s such a powerful art that gives kids an outlet to create something bigger than just ourselves. The performing arts program at Arvada West is something special in my heart. From high school I will take all of the passion music has given me. — Cassie Falbo, Arvada West

Something I have learned through my high school experience that I will always carry with me is the importance of being positive and doing your best. I have learned how important this is because even when things don’t go your way, it is important to leave the situation knowing you did all you could do and you gave it all you had. I will continue to do my best in everything that comes at me and always keep a positive outlook. — Emilee Cawlfield, Ralston Valley

Work with it. The hardest situations you deal with are the ones that teach you the most. Unfortunately, I did not get to play volleyball this year. When it first set in that I was not going to play, I was miserable. As I was sitting on the bench, I noticed things that were happening on the court that I never noticed when I was playing. I could still help my team and learn more about volleyball. This did not make my situation perfect, but it felt good knowing that I was still helping my team out. — Sarah Wheatley, Lakewood High School

Communication skills and learning how to handle and deal with difficult situations. — Jack Harless, Bear Creek High School

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Michaella Ficco Pomona High School I am a softball player and played on the school’s team for all four years of high school, as well as on a competitive team outside of the school. I will be attending the University of Northern Colorado to study biomedical sciences. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? I want to become a chiropractor because I find all of the cracking to be very inter-

esting, as weird as it sounds. What do you hope to accomplish in life? I hope to be successful and happy with my life and my experiences at all times in my future. If I could do anything, it would be to ... Travel and experience different cultures around the world to understand and be grateful for what I have here.

Kelly Franson D’Evelyn High School I served as president of National Honor Society while dividing time between Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M, Mu Alpha Theta, and Girls Mentoring. I’m an avid mock trialer, and explored my law interests by interning at the Lakewood Municipal Courts and volunteering as an attorney at its Teen Court. I play tennis and am a classical pianist who shares my love of music with others through benefit concerts. I’m interested in finance, and interned at Northwestern Mutual. After high school plans? I will attend UC Berkeley to study business and computer science. This summer I will work as a fellow for the Impact Finance Center as well as return to work at Northwestern Mutual. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? To me, the world of business means more than the methodical exchange of goods. It’s a constantly evolving, forward-thinking, competitive world that I’m

driven to enter. Having immersed myself in the glorious international cities of New York City, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, I am left craving ways to expand such positive business ideals globally, specifically in the finance world. Perhaps I may find myself in the future managing assets for foreign bank clients, helping international entrepreneurs understand foreign markets, or simply connecting with local and global investors alike. What do you hope to accomplish in life? I hope to use the most valuable asset — time — wisely, whether it be time with loved ones or time to pursue the causes I am passionate about. I seek to learn constantly, experience deeply, and engage meaningfully with diverse communities. If I could do anything, it would be to Meet Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who started the LeanIn initiative for women in the modern workplace.

Juan Carlos Franco Orellana Bear Creek High School I’ve participated in wrestling, criminal justice club, HOSA, science NHS, and National History Day. After high school plans? The University of Colorado Denver and study either medicine or law. What profession or career do you want to pursue? Why? Originally I wanted to be a doctor, but learning more about disparities that Hispanics and immigrants face in public health, higher education, and many other areas, I would now

like to pursue law and politics in order to change and support my community. What do you hope to accomplish in life? Do something with the opportunities I’ve been given. My parents made many sacrifices to get here and I want to accomplish something worthwhile. If I could do anything, it would be to... Start a scholarship foundation for young Hispanics (like me) who didn’t come from much.

What have you learned that you will carry with you for the rest of your life? How to put in effort. There were many times when frustration would get in the way and motivation waned, but when I stopped and considered that most of my college opportunities would depend on my academic performance, I continued to work and put effort forth in all of my classes. Because of this, I am able to go out of state for college which has been a dream of mine since college first became a part of my life plan. — Reagan Robinson, Arvada West

I had come to Faith without knowing anything about Christianity or God and I leave now with a strong relationship with Him. I am incredibly grateful for this, because my relationship with Christ will continue for the rest of my life. As a result of my Christian education, I hold myself to a higher standard of morality and work ethic. I feel that my foundation in a Christian school has produced a strong sense of integrity that will continue with me into college and the workforce. The combination of a strong education and a higher code of morality will set me apart from my peers and I look forward to practicing everything I have learned at Faith in the future. — Mikayla Martin, Faith Christian

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Education, lifestyle can help prevent strokes STAFF REPORT

Strokes strike more than 7 million adults in the United States each year. This month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association encourage Colorado residents to work to end the fifth-leading cause of death in this country. American Stroke Month is intended to highlight one of the leading causes of serious, long-term disability that is largely preventable and treatable.

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg. Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, according to recent AHA/ ASA Hypertension Guidelines, which redefines high blood pressure as 130/88 mm Hg. Eating healthfully, being active and, for some stroke survivors, following an aspirin regimen can help prevent another stroke, according to a news release from the American Stroke Association. Education is also key when it comes to treating stroke.

Immediate medical care is crucial to access life-saving treatment in many cases. The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, sponsored nationally by Medtronic, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people to recognize the most common stroke warning signs and what to do if one occurs: F: Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. A: Arm Weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.

Does one arm drift downward? S: Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? T: Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. Stroke facts: • About 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year, with about three in four being

first-time strokes. • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke. • Stroke is the number five cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 140,000 people in 2015. That’s one in every 20 deaths. • 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. For more information about stroke or American Stroke Month, follow #StrokeMonth on social media or visit

ROAD kicks off summer CarFit schedule STAFF REPORT

An educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them returns again this summer. CarFit events bring trained technicians to work with drivers to make small adjustments to basic things such as proper settings for their side mirrors

and seat positioning. These adjustments can make a big difference in a driver’s comfort and help them project them and those around them. CarFit is offered by Reaching Older Adult Drivers (ROAD) and a number of partners in the Denver metro area. It was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA,

AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The 20-minute checkups are free, and registration is preferred. CarFit appointments are offered: May 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thornton Active Adult Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton; June 20, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver;

June 22, 2-4 p.m., Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora; June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora; July 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial; July 18, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park

Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver; Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver; Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial; Sept. 14, 2-4 p.m. Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora.

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Graduating Class of 2018! From the Administration and Staff of Lakewood High School

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CLUBS Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. Mondays Arvada Chorale, an auditioned community chorus, rehearses Monday evenings from September to June at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., Arvada. The chorale performs three concerts a year plus many community events. For audition information, call 720-432-9341, or email Divorce Workshop A workshop that covers the legal, financial and social issues of divorce is presented the third Monday of each month at the Sheridan Library, 3425 W. Oxford Ave., Denver. Check in from 5:155:30 p.m.; workshop runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register online at Advance registration costs $35; at the door, cost goes to $40 (cash/ checks only). Attendees will get help taking the next step by getting unbiased information and resources. Learn the options available and next steps to take positive action steps. Discover community resources, and talk with other women experiencing similar life changes. Volunteer presenters include an attorney, mediator, therapist and wealth manager. Discussion items include co-parenting, child support, family coping, tax consequences, property division, hostile spouses and more. For information, contact 303-210-2607 or Drop-In Discovery: 10 a.m. first Thursday, third Monday, Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Explore different themes using hands-on activities, books, puzzles, crafts and more. Info: or 720-898-7405. Golden Chapter, Order of DeMolay meets at 7 p.m. every first and third Wednesday in the town of Golden. Walt Disney, Mel Blanc & Walter Cronkite are counted amongst its Alumni. DeMolay is an organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 that offers character building, leadership training, and life skill development. We offer many activities, academic opportunities and scholarships. Please contact the chapter for more information. Email or www. and visit Golden’s page under the Chapter tab by clicking on the Golden photo.

Golden Nar-Anon family group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1320 Arapahoe St. We ask that people enter on the east side of the church and follow the signs to the upstairs meeting room. Call the Nar-Anon Family Groups World Service Organization at 800-4776291 or go to Grief Support Group: 6-7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Have you lost someone you loved? Often walking through this time with others helps the journey. Call 303-425-9583. Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club meets from 7-9 a.m. Mondays at Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner, 10151 W. 26th Ave., Lakewood. Meeting fee is $5 (cash preferred). Order from diner menu (pay on you own). Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619 for information. Republicans, especially students, youth and women, welcome to join. Job’s Daughters, Golden Chapter Bored? Lonely? Make life-long friends. Join a group of young ladies from ages 10-20 learn leadership and organizational skills in meetings with support from friends. Meetings are the second and fourth Monday of the month in Golden. Meet periodically to do fun activities. Rewards of membership include life skills, community work and significant scholarships for college. Interested, call Job’s Daughters at 303-204-1572 to join us for an activity. Mesas de conversación en inglés/English Conversation Tables: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Confidence, cultural understanding and comfort are key to truly becoming fluent in a foreign language. Come to the library to practice speaking English in a safe environment with a trained leader. Suitable for high beginners, intermediate and advanced English learners. Go to Mesas de conversación en inglés/English Conversation Tables: 6-7 p.m. Mondays at the Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Confidence, cultural understanding and comfort are key to truly becoming fluent in a foreign language. Come to the library to practice speaking English in a safe environment with a trained leader. Suitable for high beginners, intermediate and advanced English learners. Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) or visit

Open mic Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night - celebrate your teen self from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email bellbottoms809@ Square Dancing Want some fun exercise? Learn to square dance. Start at 7 p.m. any Monday at the Wheat Ridge Grange, 3850 High Court. Call 303-973-9529. Wheat Ridge Rotary Club meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays for lunch at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. Come as our guest and learn about our service projects for the community. Tuesdays Applewood Kiwanis Club meets from 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Applewood Golf Course, 14001 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. You are invited to attend a meeting. Our goals are to serve children worldwide and in our community. We ring the bell for Salvation Army, deliver Christmas baskets to needy families and, assist the Jeffco Action Center with school supplies for children from low-income families. These are just three of our many projects. For more information, contact Fred McGehan at 303-947-1565. Arvada Fine Arts Guild: 2-4 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, in the restaurant/clubhouse. Meetings are free and open to the public. Go to http:// Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club meets from 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays at The Arvada Centre For The Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. for a breakfast meeting. Come join us as our guest and learn about our community service projects and what Rotary does in the world to help people. Denver Apple Pi, an Apple/Mac computer user group, meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday each month at the Applewood Community Church (downstairs), 12930 W. 32nd Ave., Golden. Program varies each month. We welcome those interested in learning more about their Apple or Mac computer. Visitors are welcome to see if you like our more mature group. More information may be found at

Golden Optimist Club: 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Ave., downtown Golden. The primary activity of the Golden Optimist Club is our bicycle recycle program. We fix donated bicycles and offer them for donations at reasonable prices -- $20 for an adult bicycle and $10 for a child’s bicycle. Helmets given free with every bicycle sold, and locks also available for sale. For someone who cannot afford these low prices, we will give away the bicycle, helmet and lock.

Golden Rotary meets from 7:15-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Rolling Hills Country Club, 15707 W. 26 Ave., Golden. This active organization reaches neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives locally and globally. For additional information visit or contact Pat Madison at 303-279-1021. Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of most months at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Greg Kann at 303-718-7307 with questions. Lake Arbor Optimist Club Bringing Out the Best in Kids meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Indian Tree Golf Course, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Breakfast served. Contact Terri Kearney, president, 303-506-6692; or Debbie Espinoza, treasurer, 720-937-2550. New members welcome. Northside Coin Club is a group of collectors that meets monthly to promote the hobby of numismatics among its members and the public. The club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 12205 Perry St., at the Friendship Hall in the Cimarron Village in Broomfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Find more information about our club at or look for us on Facebook. Master Networks of Belmar Entrepreneurs and professionals interested in growing their business and personal connections, this is the group for you. We use a national platform that includes an educational component along with traditional networking aspects. Group is oriented toward entrepreneurs and professionals. The group meets from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at DeMarras Bourbon Bar & Eatery, 11100 W. Alameda Ave. For information, visit a meeting or call Suzie at 303-979-9077 or email Littleton@ SEE CLUBS, P27


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Ports of Call Singles Club, 55 Plus Social hours take place from 4-6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 3 Margaritas in Lakewood (contact Carol at 303-389-7707), and the fourth Tuesday of each month at Chads in Lakewood (contact Darlene at 303-233-4099). Denver meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at Baker St. Pub, 8101 E. Belleview, in the Tech Center (contact Harold at 303-693-3434). For information and a monthly newsletter, 7 call JoAnn, membership chairperson, at 303-751-5195, or Mary, president, at 303985-8937. Rocky Mountain Team Survivor, a health, education and fitness program for women of all abilities who have experienced cancer or are currently in treatment, offers weekly free, fun, supportive activities. Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Boulder Creek Walk (meet at Boulder Public Library main entrance). Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m., Yoga, Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Avenue. Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., Fitness Training, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 311 Mapleton Avenue (entrance on Maxwell Avenue.). Learn more at Wheat Ridge Art League meets at 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave, Wheat Ridge. Social time starts at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy an art demo by an award-winning artist each month at 7:30 pm. All art mediums and abilities welcome. Contact Pat McAleese at 303-941-4928 or for information. No meeting August or December. Wheat Ridge Historical Society: 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the red brick house at Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., Wheat Ridge. Social begins at 7 p.m. Info: 303-421-9111 or Wednesdays Adult Roller Skating is offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at Roller City at 64th and Sheridan, Arvada. Cost is $5 plus $2 to rent skates. Contact Toni at 303-868-8273. American Legion Auxiliary presents Burger Nite, 5-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Post 178, 1655 Simms St., Lakewood. Members, their guests and active military invited for varied food and reasonable prices. Visit Arvada Business Connection is a friendly group of Arvada Business owners who meet once each month on Wednesdays at various restaurants in the Arvada area. All are welcome - friends, kids and spouses, too. We collect a $5 donation, which is given to one of the attendees to donate as they wish. They share how they donated the money at the next meeting. For meeting and contact information, check the Arvada Business Connection Facebook page @ArvadaBusinessConnection or call 303-995-9919. Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis meets from 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., for a breakfast meeting. We invite you to join us for great fellowship, interesting programs, and the satisfaction of serving your community. This Kiwanis organization supports the

Arvada Community Food Bank, the school backpack program, Santa House, Ralston House, and many other local organizations. For information or to visit a meeting, call Brad at 303-431-4697. Arvada Rotary meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Indian Tree Golf Club, 7555 Wadsworth Blvd. The club engages in a variety of community service projects, with emphasis on assistance to and support of Arvada’s youth. Visitors are always welcome. For additional information visit or call Matt Weller 303-480-5220 or 303-908-7165. Buffalo Toastmasters meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Denver West Office Park, 14142 Denver West Parkway, Building 51, Suite 195, Golden. Go to or http://www.meetup. com/Buffalo-Toastmasters-Golden/ for more information. Buffalo Toastmasters, where public speaking and leadership excellence is encouraged in a safe environment. Dawn Yawn Toastmasters: 6:45-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Mimi’s Restaurant, 14265 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Do you communicate with confidence or are you worried about your next presentation or job interview? First three meetings free. Contact John Googins, VP of Education, 303-547-0084,; or Jean Kelly, president, 303-560-4827, Foothills Music Teachers Association meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of each month. FMTA is a local group of independent music teachers, affiliated with Colorado State Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Call Kathy at 303-988-9565.

years. Join us at one of our meetings or for a service project. Contact Bob Zachman at 303-988-5678 or visit us at Alameda West Kiwanis on Facebook. Music Teachers Association Suburban Northwest meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. New Apostolic Church Food Pantry: Open from 9-11 a.m. every Wednesday at 5290 Vance St., Arvada, rear entrance. All are welcome. We provide food to anyone in need. Please visit us once a month. Call 720-722-FOOD (3663) or email Go to http://www. Order Sons of Italy in America/Denver Lodge 2075 meets every third Wednesday of the month at 5925 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and meeting follows at 7 p.m. Lots of fun activities planned for summer meetings. Everyone welcome. Call 303-238-8055. Professional women NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the first Wednesday of each month from September to May. Our mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Call Marcia at 303-827-3283 to RSVP. Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each

month in the red brick house at Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., Wheat Ridge. Info: 303-421-9111 or Thursdays All Comforting Things of Colorado Inc. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort and encouragement to individuals by providing them items made by hand. We encourage you to bring your skills and enthusiasm to our fun group. We meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of each month at Phillips Methodist Church, 1450 S. Pierce, Lakewood. Contact actofcolo@ for more information. Arvada Associated Modelers hosts training night from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays from May to September (weather permitting) at the Arvada Airpark, 7608 Highway 93, Golden (use the Pioneer entrance between Leyden Road and 64th Avenue). Anyone interested in learning to fly radio control models is invited to take a no obligation, introductory flight with an instructor. No previous experience is needed, and the club provides radios and airplanes. Training is free and open to everyone. It’s fun for the entire family. Go to Business spirituality Business Honoring Spirituality meets 7-9 a.m. every Thursday at the Community Center of Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Meetings include networking, a brief meditation by a licensed practitioner, guest speaker and breakfast. For additional information, visit or call Patty Whitelock at 303-274-0933.

Golden Elks Lodge meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 16795 W. 50th Ave. Contact or 303-2792740 for more information, or to learn how to join. Kinship Caregiver Support Group: 10 a.m. to noon the second Wednesday of each month at Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. Contact Carrie Savage at 720-799-9254 or kinship@ Kiwanis Club of Lakewood: noon Wednesdays at the Egg and I, 7830 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Weekly programs pique the interest of members and guests. Lakewood Kiwanians support projects including Lakewood High School, Lakewood Elementary playground, Catch-a-Calf, Alive at 25 Teen Driver Education, Jefferson County Business Education Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, Colfax Marathon, Kuddlez for Kids, Write Stuff School Supplies, Donations for Hurricane victims in Texas, plus many more. Volunteer as little or as much as you want. Contact Kathryn Williams at 812-599-3339 or go to Kiwanis Club of Alameda West: 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at Garrison Street Grill, 608 Garrison St., Lakewood. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Alameda West Kiwanis Club is dedicated to serving the community through various service and fundraising projects. Our club has been of service to our community for more than 35

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Student stress can spike in May Transition time heightens anxiety for some, experts say BY DAVID GILBERT DGILBERT@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

Remember the feeling of freedom on the last day of school? Not every student feels it. Children’s mental health care providers see a spike in visits from teens in May, said Emily Laux, a licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital in Denver. She said while correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation, she sees the transition from the school year to summer as a shock to the system of some kids. “Times of big transition carry additional stress,” Laux said. “For most kids the transition to summer is something that’s fun and exciting, but for others they’re losing connection to where they’ve spent the last eight months. For those who aren’t driving yet or aren’t as independent, they might feel disconnected from friends or activities or teachers who are important to them.” End-of-the-year academic pressures can weigh on kids too, Laux said, particularly in an age of increasing demands on children’s time and school performance.

Children’s mental health care providers say students’ mental health can take a dive in May, as end-of-the-school-year stresses weigh on them. DAVID GILBERT “There’s an adult element that society in general needs to look at: What are we expecting of kids and is it reasonable?” Laux said. “Might there be negative impacts of a highperforming, high-pressure society?” Symptoms of stress End-of-the-school-year stresses can manifest many different ways, Laux said. “We often see a reduction in distress tolerance,” Laux said. “We see an increase in worry and anxiety, or maybe a refusal to attend school, increased isolation, or even self-harm.”


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Younger kids might lash out more by throwing tantrums, while older kids are more likely to internalize their distress, Laux said. Kids experiencing end-of-the-year stress would do well to engage their support networks, Laux said, and might benefit from adult guidance in breaking down what might feel like insurmountable problems like heavy workloads. Structured activities can be a blessing or a curse, she said. “Keep activities that bring pleasure and joy,” Laux said. “For instance, softball might be incredibly important, if it adds something to a kid’s week and gives them an outlet and (a way to) stay connected. But think about reducing some unnecessary ones. Kids tend to be involved in a lot of activities. It’s worth taking a look at which of those are necessary and important and which can be let go.” Parents are vital for responding to end-of-the-year stress, Laux said. “Keep channels of communication as open as possible,” Laux said. “Be open and available so your kids can come to you. You can put feelers out: you might say, ‘I remember in high school that wrapping up high school can be stressful. How are you managing that?’ Even if they don’t respond in the moment, it plants a seed that you’ll hear them out. If kid says they’re in crisis, be mindful of your own reaction in that situation. A kid disclosing that going to be hypervigilant for your response. Be supportive, empathetic, but pragmatic.” Time frame not firm Stress spikes among kids can happen even earlier than the end of the school year, said Christine Casey Perry, the district mental health resource coordinator for Littleton Public Schools. “We see our spikes in mental health crises in October and April,” Perry said. “People tend to link the October spike to the decrease in daylight. My own theory is that for those in school environments, the shine of the new school year has worn off. Maybe they’re struggling in classes, and it’s still too far from the finish line to be hopeful. The same in the spring: There’s SATs, prom, and the finality

of the end of the year looming.” May is a breeze for Ashlynn Moore, a junior at Littleton High School. “This is the least stressful part of the school year,” Moore said. “All I have to worry about is finals. I don’t worry about much else.” Moore said her stress peaked in April, when her anxiety over performing well on the SATs left her sleepdeprived for days on end. “I was obsessed with getting a good score because that’s what colleges care about,” Moore said. “I had to retake the test because I did so poorly. I lost focus because I was so tired, and I was trying to make that up with energy drinks.” Moore’s experience isn’t uncommon, Laux said, nor is her coping method: hanging out with friends. “Peers tend to become teens’ primary support group.,” Laux said. Running beneath student stress is the undercurrent of social mediainduced anxieties, Perry said. “Social media is a rough beast to battle with,” Perry said. “It can give outsized impressions of issues: It can make it look like everyone’s life is perfect, and on the flip side, it can make it look like everyone’s on drugs.” More than a statistic Mental health is hard to quantify, with numbers perhaps telling only a partial story. Suicide interventions — which mean only that a mental health provider was worried enough to ask a student if they were considering suicide, not that the student made a suicide attempt — are up sharply at Littleton schools this year, jumping from roughly 200 at this time last year to roughly 300 this year. Again, Perry said, correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation, and the spike might simply be due to more kids being comfortable seeking mental health care. Still, Perry said young folks today have more on their minds. “This is a more anxious and stressed-out generation,” Perry said. “The impacts of being interconnected digitally but not in real life is having impacts on students.” Schools are stepping up their game when it comes to addressing mental health issues, Perry said. Littleton, for instance, now plays host to a studentled effort called Sources of Strength, which reaches out to kids showing signs of struggling, and works to promote a culture of support and resilience, Perry said. The focus on mental health issues can obscure the reality that the majority of kids are getting by just fine, Perry said. “There’s a narrative that all kids are struggling,” Perry said. “There’s been some increase, but the majority of kids are doing OK. When we look at our surveys, our students scored really high feeling safe and comfortable at school.” Moore, the high school junior, said she’s looking forward to the end of the school year. “I’m good now,” Moore said. “The SATs are done.”

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Jazz festival returns with new bands, returning favorites STAFF REPORT

Evergreen is about 1,400 miles from New Orleans. But July 27-29, the scenic mountain community will become “Bourbon Street with Altitude” as it hosts the 17th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival. Nationally known for its top bands, intimate venues and appealing mountain setting, the Evergreen Jazz Festival will offer more than 80 hours of live traditional jazz, including Dixieland, ragtime, blues, boogie-woogie and swing. This year’s lineup includes two bands making their first appearances in Evergreen. The HollandCoots Jazz Quintet is led by pianist Brian Holland and Grammywinning drummer Danny Coots. They formed the band just last year, but its popularity is already widespread. The Rock Island Roustabouts is a new collaboration created by drummer Hal Smith and pianist Jeff Barnhart. The Brain Cloud from New York City made its Evergreen debut last year and, with its special take on Western Swing, it was a no-brainer to invite them back. Other returning favorites include the incomparable Carl Sonny Leyland Trio from California and Ivory&Gold, Jeff and Anne Barnhart’s piano/flute duo. Also returning are Colorado greats Queen City Jazz Band with vocal star Wende Harston; Gypsy Swing Revue and its distinctive gypsy jazz; After Midnight with its spot-on sound of the Benny Goodman Sextet; the Felonius Smith Trio and its great old-time blues; and dance favorites Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles Jazz Band. The festival will feature a jam session of top members of different bands, literally getting together for the first time on-stage.

IF YOU GO Festival tickets can be purchased online or by calling 303-697-5467. Discount tickets are available through June 30. Go to www.

“We’ve done this the last several years,” Production Manager Jeannie Mann said in a news release, “and it was probably the most popular set of the whole weekend. So we’re excited to do it again and are sure the audience will love it.” Adds Music Director Ed Danielson, “I got a big kick when one of the guys announced that not only had they never played together, most of them had never even met before, But talent clearly prevails. They were sensational.” Other weekend highlights include three piano duos featuring Jeff Barnhart, Brian Holland and Carl Sonny Leyland, and a twosets-only appearance by The Sweet & Hot Four. There are also special guest appearances on-tap for the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars and the University of Colorado-Denver Claim Jumpers, giving patrons a look at the future of traditional jazz and some reassurance that there will indeed be a future. Several times each day between sets, Dance Showcase segments will provide authentic demonstrations of Jazz Age dances such as the Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and Black Bottom. Complete with period costumes, the dancers add another dimension to the weekend celebration of America’s unique art form. As is tradition with the Evergreen Festival, an educational clinic and performance opportunities are planned for student musicians.

Miners Alley Playhouse


Furry Scurry supports homeless pets STAFF REPORT

Two- and four-legged friends helped raise $875,000 (and counting) for services to help homeless pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry. An estimated 10,000 people and 5,000 dogs attended the 25th annual event May 5 in Washington Park, where they enjoyed dog contests and demos, met adoptable pets and shopped for pet-friendly goods and services at the Flea-less Market. “We are grateful to be a part of such a compassionate community,” Apryl Steele, Dumb Friends League president and CEO, said in a news release. “The work we do wouldn’t be possible without their continued

support of our mission, programs and services that help pets and horses in need.” The Dumb Friends League takes in an average of 60 homeless animals every day, more than 22,000 last year, the release said. Money raised at the Furry Scurry helps provide medical care to sick and injured animals, behavior training that allows pets to be adopted more quickly and investigations of animal neglect and mistreatment, and supports the league’s overall mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. Furry Scurry donations are being accepted through June 5. For information, go to or call 303-751-5772.


To the winners of the 13th Annual Ethics in Business Awards, presented by the Rotary Club of Golden, the Greater Golden and West Metro Chambers of Commerce, and the Golden Civic Foundation. In the For-profit category

Woody’s Wood-fired Pizza

In the Not-for-profit category

Buffalo Bill Days, Inc.



American Appliance Barrels and Bottles Brewery Connects Workspace Earth Treks Golden Golden Real Estate Hike Doggie LLC Morning Star Senior Living Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Sherpa House Restaurant & Cultural Center Spyderco, Inc.

Foothills Art Center Golden Community Commons Golden Oldy Cyclery & Sustainability Jefferson Center for Mental Health Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Leadership Golden Miner’s Alley Playhouse Neighborhood Rehab Project


Colorado School of Mines Confluence Companies

Silver Sponsors

Applewood Plumbing, Heating and Electric FirstBank National Financial Advisors Dru Short State Farm Insurance

Other Contributors

Bandimere Speedway Colorado Business Bank Developmental Disabilities Resource Center Guaranty Bank Ann Koh Red Rocks Community College Foundation Stevinson Lexus of Lakewood

Bronze Sponsors

Buffalo Bill Days City of Golden Colorado Community Media Golden Chamber of Commerce Golden Real Estate Golden Software Hébert Advisory Services Jefferson County Public Schools W.E. O’Neil Sheraton Denver West Visiting Angels White Rock Family Dental West Metro Chamber of Commerce


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Editor’s note: Send new listings or changes to Deadline is noon Wednesday a week before publication. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Need: Volunteers to to help older, lower-income taxpayers prepare their tax returns. Requirement: All levels of experience are welcome; training and support provided. Contact: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) or

AYUSA: International Youth Exchange Program: Promotes quality exchange programs for high school students from around the world. Need: Host families for international high school students ages 15-18 studying in the Denver area. Requirements: To provide students with a safe home, meals and transportation for 5-10 months. All family types are considered. Must fill out onlilne application and pass background check. Contact: Adrienne Bivens, 720-467-6430 or Go to

Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter: Provides care and support to 67,000-plus families dealing with all kinds of dementing illnesses. Need: Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee members. Contact: Deb Wells, 303-813-1669 or dwells@

CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin County: Court appointed special advocates work with abused and neglected children, speaking on behalf of them in court. Need: Many volunteers needed; CASA Jeffco/ Gilpin relies on more than 200 volunteers, but many more are needed (just 30 percent of cases typically are covered). CASA volunteers dedicate 3-4 hours per week. Requirements: Training is provided; must be 21 or older and pass a full background check including driving record. Contact: Kathy Drulard, recruitment and training coordinator, at 303-271-6537, kathy@ or www.casajeffcogilpin. com.

Animal Rescue of the Rockies: Rescues homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters. Need: Foster-care families for death-row shelter dogs and cats Contact: Arthritis Foundation, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter: Helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to care, advancements in sciences and community connections. Need: Walk to Cure Arthritis committee members and general office volunteer support. Contact: Amy Boulas,, 720-409-3143.

Cat Care Society Nibbles `N Kibbles Food Bank: Works to reduce number of abandoned and surrendered cats. Need: Donations of canned and bagged cat food and litter Contact: 303-239-9680 Colorado Refugee English as a Second

Language Program: Teaches English to recently arrived refugees, who have fled war or persecution in their home country. In Colorado, refugees are from Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq, Eritrea and D.R. Congo, among others. Need: Volunteers to teach English. Tutoring takes place in the student’s home. Refugees live throughout Denver, but the largest concentrations are in Thornton, near 88th Avenue and Washington Street, and in east Denver/ Aurora, near Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street. Other details: Tutors do not need to speak the student’s language. Most participants are homebound women and small children, adults who are disabled, and senior citizens. Many are not literate in their first language, and remain isolated from American culture. Requirements: Volunteers must attend training at Emily Griffith Technical College in downtown Denver. Sessions take place every 6-8 weeks. Go to for information and volunteer application. Contact: Sharon McCreary, 720-423-4843 or Common Earth Community Garden: Garden project for entire community of Arvada. Need: Volunteers to help build and work in garden Contact: Anthony at 303-204-0840 or The Edge Theater: Lakewood-area community theater. Need: Volunteers needed for front of house, back of house, concessions and committees (audience building, grants, sponsorships, events) Contact: Leigh Ann Kudloff at 303-986-5073 or; English As a Second Language: Provides English and civics tutoring to non-English speakers at Arvada United Methodist Church. Need: Adult tutor volunteers; no prior teaching experience required. Tutors do not need to know a second language. Contact: Kathy Martinez, kathybv@comcast. net or 303-882-2751.




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Front Range BEST: Hosts free robotics competitions for middle and high school students. Need: Volunteers to help test and repair vex controller and motor parts; to count and organize miscellaneous materials. Training: Provided; kit team meets weekly in Highlands Ranch. Contact: Tami Kirkland, 720-323-6827 or tami. Go to www.

the kiosk areas. Location: Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is at 9210 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Age requirements: Adults, or children with adult supervision; training will be provided if needed. Contact: Janet Torma-Krajewski, 303-4232069 or Gateway Battered Women’s Services: Serves domestic violence victims in Aurora and Arapahoe County. Need: Volunteers for various fundraising, planning committees Contact: Jeneen Klippel, 303-343-1856; email Girl Scouts: Youth organization for girls. Need: Volunteers for jobs ranging from running troops to helping with a science event or office work Age requirement: Men and women 18 and older Contact:, email or call 1-877-404-5708 Global Goods and Coffee Shop: Supports the efforts of Global Refuge International, which provides medical support and training to refugees in Uganda. Shop sells fairly traded global goods and coffee, lattes, homemade paninis and pies. Need: Cashiers at the coffee shop; barista experience a plus but not required. Also need musicians to provide live music in the evenings, especially Fridays and Saturdays. We’d love to hear a sample of your music. Location: Olde Town Arvada Requirement: Must be at least 16 years old; cashiers must be willing to volunteer at least one shift per week, for at least six months. Must love coffee and serving others. Contact: scheduling@globalgoodsandcoffee. com or stop by the shop to fill out a volunteer application. Global Orphan Relief: Develops and supports programs bringing light, comfort and security to orphans around the world. Need: Super stars with website development, users of the abundant resources of social media. Those with great connection ability are needed to help with the development of the donor pool. Contact: Those interested serving this faith-based Colorado nonprofit can contact Deitra Dupray, 303-895-7536 or dadupray@ Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle: Group helps repair or recycle bicycles in the community. Need: All ages, knowledge levels to work on bicycles Contact:

Foothills Art Center: Golden’s premier art with JON CHANDLER facility. Contact: Golden Visitors Center: Provides information JULY 15 Denver Brass with 17TH AVENUE ALLSTARS – GOOD VIBRATIONS 2018Golden and surrounding areas. about Founders andJULY Friends of Two Ponds Need: Volunteers to man front desk and greet 21 Colorado Jazz Repertory National Wildlife Refuge: Restores native visitors, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; two feat. STEVE LIPPIA Orchestra habitat and wildlife; provides opportunities 4-hour shifts offered JULYand 22 nature; Thepromotes Wailin’ Jennys to experience wildlife Requirement: Must be 18 and older, training awareness and appreciation of the National provided JULY 28 Colorado Symphony Wildlife Refuge System. Contact: Mary Gomez, 303-279-2282 or maryNeed: Volunteers needed to update website and Facebook page by developing relevant resource materials, articles about refuge events Habitat ReStore: Nonprofit home improveand calendar postings; assist with development stores and donation centers. ing a short introductory video for website; Need: Volunteers for Wheat Ridge, Denver or manage and organize volunteer activities; Littleton Habitat ReStores, helping with the maintain and update information posted cash register, dock and warehouse floor in the refuge kiosks; remove noxious weeds Contact: 303-996-5468, email Alice Goble at from the refuge; and perform regular clean-up and maintenance (picking up trash, spraying weeds, cutting grass with weed whacker) of SEE VOLUNTEERS, P32

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Dress Rehearsal for Murder: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18-19 and May 25-26 at Colorado ACTS Theatre, 11455 W. Interstate 70 Frontage Road North, Wheat Ridge. Tickets at 303-456-6772 or District Merchants: May 18 to June 24 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Aaron Posner takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. Contact 303-935-3044 or www. Theater Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Early College of Arvada, 4905 W. 60th Ave., Arvada. Timbergriffen Theater Company is selling clothing, costumes, housewares, stuffed animals and toys and more.


Morrison AlleyFest 2018: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19 on Bear Creek Avenue in Morrison. Celebration of local art, food and music. Go to http://www.facebook. com/events/3452521692918446.


Spring Pottery Sale: open through May 20 at Arvada Center. Opening reception from 7-9 p.m. May 15. Show includes dinnerware, jewelry and sculpture. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Arvada Center Ceramics Studio. Go to Bob Ross Painting Class: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303425-9583 or go to www.apexprd. org “Night Falls” Art Exhibit: on display through May 27 at Pirate Contemporary Art, 7130 W. 16th Ave., Lakewood. Paintings and drawings by Lisa M. Kerns. Go to or The Woolgatherer: New Paintings by Kathryn Petroff: on display through June 3 at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Lakewood. Solo exhibition of paintings inspired by Petroff’s experiences living and painting in the backwoods of Bailey. Opening reception from 5-8:30 p.m. May

this week’s TOP FIVE Bike Safety Rodeo: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Info: Learn proper hand signals, chain maintenance and safety skills. Art Restoration Specialist Barb Kendal: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golden. Seminar on restoration and keeping artwork clean. Bring paintings in for a free evaluation. Appointments requested. Call 303-279-1192 or go to Temple Grandin’s National Book Tour: 6 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the Arvada Center. In her only Colorado appearance, world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin will speak about her new book “Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor.” Go to TRIAD: Policing Now and Then: Join Arvada’s 12. First Friday Art Walk from 5-9:30 p.m. June 1. Go to http://


LWV Nonfiction Book Club: “Independence Lost”: discussion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at Brookdale Westland Meridian, 10695 W. 17th Ave., Lakewood. Last meeting until September. Read the Kathleen DuVal book and be ready for discussion. Go to Contact Lynne at 303-985-5128. Arvada Center Book Fest: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Celebration of books, reading and writing. Go to http:// Denver Veterans Writing Workshop: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Denver Public Library Central Branch, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. To sign up, or for more information, go to https://coloradohumanities. submit/89122/ denver-veteranswar-stories. Contact Jason Arment at Jason@ or call/ text 619-663-5247. Go to www.


Older Adult Wellness Fair: 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18 at Whitlock Recreation Center, 1555 Dover St., Lakewood. Local vendors and resources to explore. Health tests and screenings. Go to www.

Interim Chief of Police, Ed Brady to reminisce where policing was and how far it has come. See how new technology and tools are helping keep our communities and officers safe. The Triad of Jefferson County hosts this talk at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22, at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Free and open to the public, 303-2716980 “Last of the Doughboys” Book Discussion: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Golden History Park, 1020 11th St., Golden. World War I book discussion series. Registration is required. Go to https://www. Outdoor Nature Playdate: 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Children can climb, dig, jump and dive into nature. All ages. Register at https:// Senior Christian Retreat: 1-2 p.m. select Fridays from May 18 to June 15 at Squire Plaza Living Cross Chapel, 8545 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Call 720-592-1129 or email Olde Town Telescope Night: 7:309:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Look through a telescope and learn about night-time nature. Meet in the center square, west of the library. Info at https:// Black Tie & Blue Jeans: 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Lockridge Arena, Student Recreation Center, 1651 Elm St., Golden. Interactive dinner and auction. Go to http:// Creature Feature: The Mysterious Squeak: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Learn how to prepare and protect your garden from rodents. Led by a CSU Master Gardener. Register at Arvada/Westminster Town Meeting: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 at Standley Lake Library. Join Reps. Tracy KraftTharp and Lang Sias, and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger for a discussion

about the legislative session with two political reporters. Trollheim Norwegian Smorgasbord: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Trollheim Sons of Norway Lodge, 6610 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood. To RSVP and for cost information, by May 10 at 303-989-4496. Enjoy delicacies and shop in the Butikken. Jefferson County Historical Commission Symposium: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Ralston Country School, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. Go to https://jchc2018symposium. Topics include local culture and history. Space is limited. LEGO® Play & Build: 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-2355275 or go to www.jeffcolibrary. org. Bilingual Social for Families: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to Open All Breed Horse Shows: May 20, June 10, July 8, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9. At Indiana Equestrian Center, 7500 Indiana St., Arvada. Registration at 7:30 a.m.; classes at 8:30 a.m. Call or text 720-935-2026 or 720-5603646 or email Go to www. for entry forms and information. Fox Hollow Men’s Golf Club Competitions: Sunday, May

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20, Spring Stableford; Saturday, June 2, Amateur Open (players must have USGA handicap). The club’s season-long Race for the Red Jacket shares at $2,000 purse with the top 10-point finishers. All events take place at Fox Hollow, 13410 W. Morrison Road, Lakewood. Go to fhmgc. com. William Perry Pendley: 7 a.m. Monday, May 21 at Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner, 10151 W. 26th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Hear from the founder and president of Mountain States Legal Foundation. Program of the Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club. Students, youth and women welcome. Lifetree Discussion - Homosexuality and Faith: noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at Peace Church, 5675 Field St., Arvada. Filmed stories of Jeff Chu, author of “Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America,” and Christopher Yuan, author of “Out of a Far Country.” Go to http:// Drop-in Discovery: 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 21 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. All ages. Go to https:// Square Dance Demo: 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303425-9583 or go to www.apexprd. org


Protect Your Skin from Inside Out: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 at Natural Grocers, 12612 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. Go to events. Skin Care: 1-2:30 p.m. or 2:45-4:15 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Earth Sweet Botanicals, 1224 Arapahoe St., Golden. Learn how to use skin products, try products, get mini-facials and hand treatments and more. Event is free but space is limited. Call 303278-1260 for a reservation. Go to

Medicare 10: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to Grief Support Group: 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Led by Care at Home Hospice. Call 303-4259583 or go to


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Gen. John J. Pershing Chautauqua Presentation: 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 at Golden History Museum and Park, 923 10th St., Golden. Presented by Ron Edgerton, who is completing a book on Pershing and America’s first military encounter with militant Islam, the Moro War in the Philippines, 1900-1914. Go to www. Canine Conversations: Walking Tips: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or



Hospice of Covenant Care: Nonprofit, faithbased hospice. Need: Volunteers to support patients and families Contact: 303-731-8039

Legacy Grace Community Development Corp.: Starts social enterprises, provides lowcost transitional housing and job training/ placement for all people in the Denver area. Need: Volunteers to help with resumes, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Also need help in the art gallery (from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday); training provided. Contact: or Rick Roberts, 303-815-4914

Lutheran Family Services: Cultural Mentoring Program: We welcome refugee families and help them adjust to their new home. Need: People who can commit to working with refugees on skills for self-sufficiency and helping them learn about their new home. Requirements: Must be 18 or older (although children of volunteers are welcome to participate). One-hour training and orientation required.

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May 17, 2018M go to Coffee and Conversation: 8-9 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at La Dolce Vita in Olde Town Arvada. With Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp. Nature Scavenger Hunt: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. For ages 4 and older. Register at Movie Time: “Man on Wire”: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www. Lego Play and Build: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday,

Contact: David Cornish, 303-225-0199 or david.; go to Lutheran Hospice Need: Volunteers to assist in a couple of areas: 1. Be a friendly visitor by providing companionship or emotional support to patients and families in their own homes or visit patients in nursing facilities. Visits may include providing respite for caregivers. 2. Work at the Collier Hospice Center reception desk, welcoming family members and visitors, and assisting with administrative projects. Contact: Patty Anderson, patricia.anderson@ or 303-403-7274. Jefferson County Library Foundation: Supports Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy. Need: Volunteers to help book sales and sorting book donations at the warehouse year-round Age requirements: Ages 12 and older are welcome Contact: 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge; call 303-403-5075 Nature’s Educators: Volunteer driven educational wildlife program that cares for nonreleasable raptors, along with reptiles and amphibians for educational programming. Need: Tasks include cleaning enclosures, feeding and leading programs. Requirements: Must commit to 10 hours per month for at least a year. Must be 18-plus, have reliable transportation and be able to check email regularly. Fee applies that covers the volunteer equipment needed to do pro-

May 24 at Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. Info: Discovery Play: 11:15 a.m. to noon Friday, May 25 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www. BINGO: 1 p.m. Friday, May 25 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to Starting Your Memoir: 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 25 at Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-425-9583 or go to

grams. Contact organization for details. Training: All training done on site; however, animal experience is a must. Contact: or www. PeopleFirst Hospice: Denver hospice Need: Volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients and their families. Contact: Rachel Wang at 303-546-7921 Seniors’ Resource Center: Nonprofit one-stop shop of community-based services and care designed to keep seniors independent and at home for as long as possible. Need: Drivers to help transport seniors to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the hair salon and more. You choose the areas, days and times that work for you. Seniors live in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson counties. Mileage reimbursement and excess auto insurance provided. Drivers may use their own car or one provided by the center. Requirements: Must be able to pass a background check (paid for by the center) and have a good driving record. Contact: Pat Pierson, 303-332-3840 or Go to Victim Outreach, Jefferson County: Offers support and access to resources during critical stage of trauma. Need: Volunteer victim advocates to respond on scene, to ensure victims’ rights are upheld Requirements: Must be 21-plus, pass background check and attend 40-hour training; training provided

Teen Time: Hot Glue Art: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada. Call 303-235-5275 or go to www. Food Pantry: open from 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays at New Apostolic Church, 5290 Vance St., Arvada, rear entrance (across the street from Beau Jo’s restaurant). Contact Gertrude at 303-902-6794. Editor’s note: Calendar submissions must be received by noon Wednesday for publication the following week. To place a calendar item, go to eventlink.coloradocommunitymedia. com.

Contact: Jennifer at 303-202-2196, or Warm Hearts Warm Bodies: Group makes live easier for Colorado’s tiniest residents. Items made are donated to hospitals, crisis pregnancy centers, shelters and individuals in Colorado. Need: Volunteers to sew, knit, crochet and quilt for prmature infants and babies. Meetings: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Requirements: Bring machines, scissors, crochet hooks, knitting equipment, etc., to help make accessories such as bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and more. Also bring a potluck dish. Contact: Glenda at 303-975-6394 or Jean Jones at 303-239-6473; Whiz Kids Tutoring: Nonprofit, faith-based program that provides free tutoring to lowincome and academically low-performing students. Need: Volunteers to read, help with homework and play education games with teacher selected students. Requirement: Typically age 16 and up, but exceptions made for teens who have a parent participating; must pass a background check. Commitment: Tutors work for an hour and a half, from October to April; may chose day (M-Th) and location Contact: Angie Kinney, 303-669-7339, angie@ or

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Marketplace Antiques & Collectibles

Addie O Antiques Estate Sale May 18th, 19th & 20th 20%-50% OFF Furniture, Textiles, Artifacts, Jewelry, Primitaves, Van Briggle Pottery, Vintage Clothing, Books, Sheet Music, 33 1/3 Vinyl Records, Asian Antiques Promenade Shops at Briargate 1885 Briargate Pky Colorado Springs CO 80920 Suite 607 N-E- Side Regular Hours Monday - Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-4 719-355-5161


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Lost and Found LOST Tuesday Walmart/Costco or Panera area in Highlands Ranch Small Black Coin Purse (Keys/Pills etc. inside) Generous Reward Lee (303)667-0855

Misc. Notices Asbestos Management Plans Asbestos Management Plans - In compliance with federal guidelines, Jeffco Public Schools make asbestos management plans for schools and other district facilities available for public inspection. Parents, employees or interested citizens may review the management plan for any school facility and have copies made at their own expense. Each school¹s management plan is available at the school, and plans for all district buildings are on file at the Jeffco Public Schools¹ Office of Environmental Services, 809 Quail St., Building 4, Lakewood. Call 303-982-2349. First Publication: May 17, 2018 Last Publication: May 17, 2018 Publisher: Lakewood Sentinel Notice of Stormwater Program Notice of Stormwater Program-Notice is hereby given that Jeffco Public Schools is seeking input on the implementation of their stormwater program as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This program requires that the school district implement a program that educates the public and prevents water pollution from our sites. A copy of the current program can be obtained from Environmental Services by calling 303-982-2349. Any input or questions are welcomed and should be communicated by December 31, 2018. First Publication: May 17, 2018 Last Publication: May 17, 2018 Publisher: Lakewood Sentinel Want To Purchase minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to: P.O. Box 13557 Denver, CO 80201


A social club offering many exciting social activities and friendships. Link 10 social hours, 4-6 P each Thur at Innsider Bar and Grill, Holiday Inn, 7390 Hampton Ave., Lkwd. Visit or contact Bob, 303-979-0181.

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Garage Sales Annual Meadowglen Garage Sale

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Golfer demonstrates unpredictability of game


Faith Christian freshman Garrett Everett (24) hears about his three-run homer’s importance from teammates — including freshman Hunter Cloud, left, and sophomore Cameron Waugh, right, — as he stomps down upon Ralph Nance Field’s plate during the third inning of the Eagles’ 11-1 win over Bayfield last Saturday in the first Class 3A-Region 4 Tournament semifinal. Later that afternoon, FCHS defeated Loveland Resurrection Christian by a 7-2 margin — improving its overall record this spring to 18-3 and advancing into the state tournament. The Eagles will face off against Kent Denver on May 18 in the tournament’s first round. PHOTO COURTESY JOEL PRIEST/PINE RIVER TIMES



Shot victory for the Arvada West girls golf team in capturing the team title at the Ashley Forey Invitational golf tournament on April 30.


Runs scored in the first inning by the Ralston Valley baseball team in a 7-0 win over Arvada West on May 1.


Hits allowed Golden pitchers Adrian Baker and Jack McLaughlin in the 4-0 shutout baseball win over Wheat Ridge on April 30.


Saves for Arvada West goalie Katelyn Welch in a 1-0 win over Mountain Range on May 5.


Wins by one-goal in the past nine games for the defending Class 4A state champion D’Eveyln girls soccer team.

Standout Performers Reagan Robinson, Arvada West The senior carded a 3-over-par 74 to finish second in the Ashley Forey Invitational golf tournament on April 30 at the Club at Rolling Hills.

Alexa Lord, Green Mountain The junior collected the gamewinning goal in the 2-1 girls soccer victory over Evergreen on April 30.

Jacob Brunner, Lakewood The junior scored six goals in a 16-7 boys lacrosse victory to end the regular season on April 30.

Tyler Cohan, Golden The valedictorian candidate won both of his individual events, the 100 free and 200 free, and anchored both the medley and 400 freestyle winning relays in the Demons’ swim meet against Green Mountain on Friday.

Aneus Olsen, Arvada The junior went 3-for-4, scored three runs and had two RBI in a 10-1 baseball win over Skyview on May 4.

Trey Adams, Ralston Valley The junior shortstop singled home winning run in the bottom of seventh inning in a 5-4 win over Dakota Ridge on May 4.

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t’s been said many times that golf is an unpredictable sport that requires plenty of mental grit. For myself, golf has always been pretty predictably bad, with a few good shots and holes but very few good rounds. And the mental fortitude has always been missing, since after a good hole, I have myself talked into botching the tee shot on the next hole. Highlands Ranch OVERTIME senior Jenna Chun know all about how golf can be unpredictable, but she has the mental strength to handle it, as she displayed last season at the Class 5A state tournament. After an opening Jim Benton round 83 at The Club at Rolling Hills, she rallied with a 1-under par 71 to tie Grandview’s Amy Chitkoksoong for medalist honors and force a playoff for the individual state title. Chun had a chance to win but missed a putt on the second playoff hole and also couldn’t hole a bogey putt on the third extra hole. Chitkoksoong ran in her bogey putt and was crowned the state champ with a bogey putt. It was a disheartening finish to a very good day but Chun faced the music, acted like a winner and answered question after question following the awards ceremonies. “The best I’ve ever seen Jenna Chun was after the state meet,” said Highlands Ranch coach Jon Cushing. “She took defeat with a lot of grace. Golf is such a mental sport. She has come back this year with a great mental attitude. She doesn’t let one high score on a hole affect her.” Chun, who carded a two-over-par 74 at the Central regional tournament at South Suburban on May 7, won three Continental League tournaments and the league’s Player of the Year. Ralston Valley coach Wendy Davis is another person who can attest to the unpredictability of a two-day state tournament. The Mustangs were five shots off the lead after the opening round but won their first state golf championship by nine shots after a remarkable round in which the average round for the three scoring golfers was 76.3. SEE BENTON, P36

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Rice and Haas ends girls tennis drought for Lakewood Tigers BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

DENVER — Junior Lauren Rice and freshman Mikaela Haas did something no girls tennis player from Lakewood High School had done since 1982. Rice and Haas — Lakewood’s No. 4 doubles teams — advanced to the Class 5A state championship match May 11 at the Gates Tennis Center. The last girls tennis player to play in a state tournament final was Suzi Colglazier when she won at No. 3 singles 36 years ago. “After all our matches is when we really realized how far we’ve gone,” said Rice, who also qualified for state last year at No. 4 doubles with partner Gabriella Bowles. Rice and Haas won their first three matches at state in straight-set fashion against Fossil Ridge, Ralston Valley and Boulder. It was a big step for Haas. “We just wanted to make it to state,” Haas said. Rice and Haas did much more than just make the state tournament. The pair took the court Friday afternoon against Cherry Creek with the Class 5A No. 4 double title on the line. “We were excited,” Haas said of facing Cherry Creek’s No. 4 doubles team of senior Emily Wilkins and freshman Dahlia Rappaport. “We had nothing to lose. We were the underdogs. We wanted to go out there and have fun.” Wilkins and Rappaport was too

Lakewood freshman Mikaela Haas hits a forehand return from the baseline Friday, May 11, during the Class 5A girls tennis state tournament at Gates Tennis Center. Haas and partner junior Lauren Rice advanced all the way to the No. 4 doubles championship match. PHOTOS BY DENNIS PLEUSS/JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS much for Rice and Haas in the final. The Bruins took a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Cherry Creek won its 35th overall girls tennis state team title winning five of seven positions. “Once we got here it was match-bymatch,” Rice said. “We saw the end goal of going as far as we can.” The success Rice and Haas had this season makes it a strong possibility

that the two will remain doubles partners next year. “We play really, really well together,” said Rice, who uses her height and athletic ability well at the net while Haas has proven to be a very strong and consistent player at the baseline. Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with

Lakewood junior Lauren Rice eyes the ball after hitting a backhand during the No. 4 doubles championship final during the Class 5A girls tennis state tournament Friday, May 11. Rice and partner freshman Mikaela Haas became the first girls tennis players from Lakewood to reach a state championship match since 1982. a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to

Evergreen girls soccer continues to have Wheat Ridge’s number BY DENNIS PLEUSS JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

LAKEWOOD — Evergreen and Wheat Ridge girls soccer teams had been here be-fore. The Class 4A Jeffco League teams faced off in the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals a year ago with Evergreen hanging on to a 2-1 victory that led to an even-tual state runner-up finish. The two conference rivals met up again in the postsea-son Sat-

urday, May 12, at Lakewood Memorial Field, this time in the second round. “You are just excited to be in the (state) tournament and have the opportunity. You kind of takes what comes,” said Wheat Ridge coach Dan Watkins when asked if he was disappointed to have to face the Cougars so early in the playoffs. “Evergreen is a good team and we were going to have to play really well to get through. We just didn’t do

enough today.” No. 7-seeded Evergreen (12-5 record) got goals from seniors Lauryn Jeans and Sydney Westgard six minutes apart in the opening 20 minutes of play against No. 10 Wheat Ridge. The Cougars’ defense and junior goalie Sarah Straut were able to keep the Farmers (11-6) off the scoreboard in a 2-0 victory for Evergreen.

Wheat Ridge senior Macie Browne (3) attempts to settle the ball in front of Evergreen sophomore Sofie Cochran during the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament secondround game May 12 at Lakewood Memorial Field.



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Wait until next year Next season’s Class 5A girls state tennis tournament could be very interesting because most of the freshman standouts from this year’s tourney will be back and be more experienced and better players. There was definitely a youth movement this season with six of the 12 players in the Class 5A singles semifinals being freshmen. There were 31 freshmen who played in tournament and there are even more sophomores who qualified for the tourney — too many to count. The youth movement cast a tentative feeling over the tournament because of the uncertainty of how the young players would play with the added pressure of playing in an important tournament with many more people watching. “One of the points of focus was just talking about the environment,” said Cherry Creek coach Chris Jacob. “Even though we hosted the regionals and some of the girls have been down here to watch state, it’s totally different when you are playing with the pressure of the crowd. So we spent a

lot of time talking about that.” Of the 11 players including those on doubles teams that won state 5A championships, there were seven freshman and two sophomores. Soccer shootouts I’m going to get on my soapbox again and claim there needs to be a better way to determine winners of playoff soccer games other than penalty kick shootouts. Soccer is a team game. Determining the winning postseason team with a shootout, which most times is determined by luck or an individual’s skill, needs to be altered. The best way would be to let the teams continue to play, but then you get into the problem with fatigue and the chance of injuries. A team’s depth would be tested as more substitute players would need to be used. Shootouts are acceptable during the regular season but not in the playoffs. So suggestions are needed. Maybe let the teams continue to play 9 vs. 9 or even 7 vs. 7 until a team gets that Golden Goal. Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@ or at 303-566-4083.

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“Our conference prepares us for games like this,” said Evergreen coach Peter Jeans who guided the Cougars to a 2-1 victory over the Farmers earlier this season in conference play. “Wheat Ridge never quits. The last 10 minutes we hung on for dear life. We were fortunate to get the win.” Evergreen didn’t waste any time getting up on Wheat Ridge. Senior Lauryn Jeans — Coach Jeans’s daughter — rocketed a shot into the back of the net in the 10th minute. “The midfielders have been working on that shot, but it was lucky too,” Jeans ad-mitted of her goal. “It was my left foot and I’m normally right.” Six minutes later, Westgard fired a shot that got through Wheat Ridge goalie Mor-gan

Davis in the 16th minute to put the Cougars up 2-0. “It definitely gave us a cushion,” Jeans said of Westgard’s goal. “We know Wheat Ridge is a great team. We knew they definitely could still come back.” Wheat Ridge senior Macie Browne led the offensive charge by the Farmers as time started to run on out the season for Wheat Ridge. However, the Farmers couldn’t get a goal to put more pressure on Evergreen. “When you fall behind you are going to be up against it,” Watkins said. “You are going to have to compete and battle. It makes the game more challenging and more difficult. I’m really proud of our kids. They continued to put pressure on during the second half and created a few chances.” Evergreen moves on into the quarterfinals Wednesday, May 16, where the Cougars face another Jeffco League rival, No.

2 Valor Christian. “We’ll play whoever comes our way,” Coach Jeans said of the Cougars’ quarterfi-nal match. “We have to have a couple of great days of training and then a great game again.” Of course there is the motivation for the Cougars of having advanced to the 4A ti-tle game last year, only to have Jeffco rival D’Evelyn come out on top with a 1-0 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. “It’s huge,” Jeans said of the experience last year of making the 4A title game. “Just getting to the final is amazing. Of course I want to get back and win. We aren’t looking toward the final yet. We are looking toward the next game.” Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a fo-cus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to Jeffco

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SPORTS BARS AURORA 2790 S. Havana St. (Havana & Yale) 720-748-1260

LAKEWOOD 1535 S. Kipling Pkwy. (Kipling & Florida) Ste. M 303-278-0363


AURORA 2790 S. Havana St. (Havana & Yale) 720-748-1260 Ste. V 303-338-2024




Good now thru 05/31/2019 • Coupons Good 7 Days a Week • Not valid during Happy Hour • Limit one per table

Good now thru 05/31/2019 • Coupons Good 7 Days a Week • Not valid during Happy Hour • Limit one per table

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